Goring girl clears up seafront rubbish as selfish revellers ignore council plea

Angry residents have joined the call for people to take their rubbish home after visiting our seafronts and parks.

Despite a plea before the weekend, Adur and Worthing Councils said there was still high levels of waste left by revellers looking to enjoy the sunny weather: putting pressure on our bin men and women.

A council spokesman said: “Even with extra resources and bins put out there’s only so much our teams can do which is why we say: please take your rubbish home with you.”

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Worthing Borough Council said this weekend, around 3,000 people visited the Greensward in Goring.

Gracie Baker, eight, from Goring, has been picking up litter on the seafront near her home

According to Sarah Baker, from Beachside Close, Goring, she could not take her dog off the leash due to broken bottles and discarded barbecues littering the area.

She said: “The worst was the KFC rubbish; it’s just reopened in Goring and it was everywhere.”

The culprits appeared to be young people, Sarah said: “You could see from the rubbish where groups have been sitting: beer bottles, takeaways, pizza boxes, all in a circle.”

She added: “I understand they might not have seen each other for weeks, but be sensible and take it home.”

Gracie Baker, eight, from Goring, has been picking up litter on the seafront near her home

Having asked for a litter picker for Christmas, her daughter Gracie, eight, has gone out every morning to clear up the rubbish.

Sarah said: “I’m really proud of her; it’s a shame there aren’t a few more children like her around.”

Dave Cleaver from Lancing said bins were overflowing between Widewater Lagoon and Lancing Sailing Club, where he regularly walked, on Sunday.

He said: “People doubtlessly think it’s acceptable to leave their rubbish by the bins, including barbecue food remains, hot ashes and dog excrement, and then happily blame the council for not providing enough bins.”

Rubbish piling up between Lancing Sailing Club and Widewater Lagoon, Lancing
Rubbish piling up between Lancing Sailing Club and Widewater Lagoon, Lancing
Rubbish piling up between Lancing Sailing Club and Widewater Lagoon, Lancing