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'Action needed' on litter-strewn shorelines

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

  • Boat Cove - Perranuthnoe. Mike Brooks surveys the rubbish accumulating on the beach. PZPM20140130A-001_C.jpg

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A ST BURYAN man is calling for more action to clean up west Cornwall beaches.

Mike Brooks said he had found plastic bottles, bleach containers and even diesel canisters still containing liquid at Boat Cove at Perranuthnoe.

"It's not just some bits; it's covered," he said.

"I stumbled on a multi-barbed fishing hook in the rubbish.

"I worry as toddler groups go down on that beach, which is also used by canoeists and dog-walkers."

Hundreds of people joined litter-picks at ten beaches across the county after the Valentine's Day storm, but Mr Brooks said the state of the beaches had been a problem for a long time and Cornwall Council was spending money on other areas to boost tourism, but overlooking the importance of its beaches.

"Marine litter is becoming a serious problem worldwide," he said. "Our MPs should be aware and doing something about it.

"Maybe asking people to volunteer is the only answer; I'm sure most of us care greatly for our beaches and wildlife."

A council spokeswoman said considerable amounts of rubbish had washed up on beaches around west Cornwall.

"This will be cleared by a combination of direct council work and, where offered, by volunteer initiatives," she said.

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