Hundreds help clean storm waste off Chesil Beach

Hundreds helped with the Chesil Beach clean-up

Storm Wallace on Chesil Beach

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HUNDREDS of people helped to clear tonnes of rubbish washed up on Chesil Beach following recent storms.

The recent bad weather left behind piles of waste along the iconic landmark including plastic and dead animal carcasses.

Portland resident Storm Wallace started up the idea of the beach clean on Facebook with her mum and a few friends.

She told of her shock when hundreds of people turned up to help with the clean-up covering as far as Castletown and Church Ope Cove.

She said: “It was disgusting the amount of rubbish that was piled on Chesil Beach following the storm.

“I wanted to move it but never expected anything like this to happen.”

Volunteers, which included residents, families and local sports teams, were provided with litter pickers, bin bags and refreshments.

Father and daughter duo Peter and Melanie Needham, of Frampton, started litter picking at 9am.

Peter said: “We read about the event in the Echo and wanted to help.

“It is a really important part of Dorset and vital for tourism to the area, it needs to be kept clean.

“It's great to see the community pulling together.”

Mum and daughter Mary and Verity Bull said they were determined to see Chesil Beach free of rubbish.

Verity, of Portland, said: “We just want the beach to be a clean place.

“Portland is a great place to live and things like this are important for the community and the environment.”

Authorities and local businesses began the clean-up earlier last week using industrial equipment to move some of the bigger waste including the dead animal carcasses.

Bull dozers have also been working on the beach to restructure the pebbles and check and repair the flood defences.

Ms Wallace thanked all the businesses who sponsored skips, equipment and refreshments and made the clean-up possible.

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3:29pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Top Gear says...

Should have made all the people on benefits to help clean the beach. Put something back into society.
Should have made all the people on benefits to help clean the beach. Put something back into society. Top Gear
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7:21pm Sun 19 Jan 14

jmc1 says...

Top Gear wrote:
Should have made all the people on benefits to help clean the beach. Put something back into society.
The amount of people on benifits old,young,in work,out of work there's going to be a lot on the beach, or do you think that the only ones receiving benefits are out of work.I think you have a lot to learn.
[quote][p][bold]Top Gear[/bold] wrote: Should have made all the people on benefits to help clean the beach. Put something back into society.[/p][/quote]The amount of people on benifits old,young,in work,out of work there's going to be a lot on the beach, or do you think that the only ones receiving benefits are out of work.I think you have a lot to learn. jmc1
  • Score: 4

8:45pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Altview says...

I was there this morning until lunchtime and the number and variety of people who turned up and gave of their own time and effort had to be seen to be believed. I can take it from TOP GEAR's comment that they weren't there and they are simply trolling to denigrate the effort that everyone in this great community put in. Shame on you, who ever you may be!
I was there this morning until lunchtime and the number and variety of people who turned up and gave of their own time and effort had to be seen to be believed. I can take it from TOP GEAR's comment that they weren't there and they are simply trolling to denigrate the effort that everyone in this great community put in. Shame on you, who ever you may be! Altview
  • Score: 23

12:01pm Mon 20 Jan 14

wykeregislad says...

agree with above comment, me my other half and a few friends from work went down and got stuck in for 3 hours digging stuff out rope, crates logs you name it, the community spirt was excellent, people young and old doing a good job and enjoying themselves in the process, i for one am proud to come from this part of the world
agree with above comment, me my other half and a few friends from work went down and got stuck in for 3 hours digging stuff out rope, crates logs you name it, the community spirt was excellent, people young and old doing a good job and enjoying themselves in the process, i for one am proud to come from this part of the world wykeregislad
  • Score: 3

7:52pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jamie-c says...

who needs the council and their policies when good old communtiy spirit gets it done!
who needs the council and their policies when good old communtiy spirit gets it done! jamie-c
  • Score: 6

3:55pm Tue 21 Jan 14

radiator says...

A few years ago the local Borstal used to have a gang of prisoners cleaning the beach, but by all accounts health and safety and insurance to have a gang doing the work stopped this.
A few years ago the local Borstal used to have a gang of prisoners cleaning the beach, but by all accounts health and safety and insurance to have a gang doing the work stopped this. radiator
  • Score: 0

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