Kent has beautiful beaches but frequently visitors to the area leave huge amounts of rubbish behind. Beer cans, barbecues, glass bottles, food boxes are all left behind on a huge scale. We have local volunteers who are prepared to pick up this rubbish but we need a van, gloves, boxes, grippers and plastic bags to carry out the work safely. On one trip recently we picked up 13 bin liners of rubbish, including broken bottles and sharp cans. The project will allow us to help clean the lovely beaches of Kent and make them safe for children and animals as well as everybody else! A broken bottle on the beach can be a serious risk to a dog walking on the beach and young children have even picked up sharp can lids and tried to put them in their mouths. We will try to make the beaches safe for everybody.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our project will try to make all the beaches of Kent safe and allow everybody to use them. At times after lots of visitors from other areas the beaches of Kent are littered with rubbish, some of it is just unsightly, other items are dangerous. Local people are very aware of when these items are left but it can dangerous for them to pick up the rubbish without the correct equipment such as thick gloves, grippers and thick boxes to take the rubbish away in. We will buy a van and this can be used by any groups that need help clearing a local beach. We will be able to collect the items, put them in strong boxes and bags and take them to the tip. It is worrying that so much rubbish is being left behind but it is making the beaches unpleasant for the locals to use and in many cases dangerous.
Steps to get it done:
Kent has beautiful beaches that we should all be free to enjoy. However, there are large numbers of people from other areas intent on leaving their rubbish on the beach and spoiling it for others. This only attracts more people to do the same and soon the beach is a no go zone. Local people are prepared to clear up their local beach but they need the equipment to do so safely.
About the space
Thanet District Council