Volunteers get stuck in to help with massive clean-up on Bournemouth beach

Bournemouth Echo: Tobias Ellwood gets a helping hand from his son Alex, five Tobias Ellwood gets a helping hand from his son Alex, five

VOLUNTEERS got to grips with sand and debris covering Bournemouth beach this weekend in the wake of recent storms.

Armed with brooms, shovels and wellies they got to work clearing heaped sand from the promenade into mounds for easy collection by council seafront staff, as well as picking up litter washed up by the stormy seas.

Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood, who had appealed for residents to join the clean-up effort, split the group into two teams – one to clear the promenade near Boscombe Pier and the other to sweep the beach from there to Southbourne.

Referring to Thursday night’s landslip at East Cliff he said: “The council are doing a fantastic job trying to keep on top of this, but as soon as they clear up one mess something else happens.

“All this sand has to be moved by hand anyway, and I am very grateful to all the volunteers from the community who have come out today to get our town back in order.

“It’s the good old British spirit at work.”

The MP, who was also joined by his five-year-old son Alex and local ward councillors, said the beach was Bournemouth’s “trump card” and people were proud of it.

“It is a lovely day and some of the people passing have seen what we are doing and given us a hand anyway, which is fantastic,” he added.

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11:08am Mon 24 Feb 14

Wageslave says...

I volunteer the unemployed. Put in 7 hours before you get a dole cheque. Why should we give anyone FREE money.
I volunteer the unemployed. Put in 7 hours before you get a dole cheque. Why should we give anyone FREE money. Wageslave
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11:28am Mon 24 Feb 14

suzigirl says...

Obviously nothing better to do with their time!
Obviously nothing better to do with their time! suzigirl
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3:49pm Mon 24 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Cheaper than the council paying their staff to do it! If there's a lack of staff, why not hire in some temps?
Cheaper than the council paying their staff to do it! If there's a lack of staff, why not hire in some temps? speedy231278
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5:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Phixer says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Cheaper than the council paying their staff to do it! If there's a lack of staff, why not hire in some temps?
The 'council' you refer to is you, me, our neighbours and others who have to dig into our bank accounts to pay for someone to clean the beach. Is their a reason why we shouldn't take on some responsibility for cleaning our own patch?

Do you hire in temps to clean your home? Nice if you can afford it.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Cheaper than the council paying their staff to do it! If there's a lack of staff, why not hire in some temps?[/p][/quote]The 'council' you refer to is you, me, our neighbours and others who have to dig into our bank accounts to pay for someone to clean the beach. Is their a reason why we shouldn't take on some responsibility for cleaning our own patch? Do you hire in temps to clean your home? Nice if you can afford it. Phixer
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7:17pm Mon 24 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

Cant believe some of the comments here. If you look at the councils Facebook site you would see so many people wanting to help out cleaning the beach because they want to. Council services doing the best they can, but they also got a whole town to clear up after the storms too, not just the beach. The people who volunteered feel its their beach and they want to make it look beautiful again. That should be commended not criticised.
Cant believe some of the comments here. If you look at the councils Facebook site you would see so many people wanting to help out cleaning the beach because they want to. Council services doing the best they can, but they also got a whole town to clear up after the storms too, not just the beach. The people who volunteered feel its their beach and they want to make it look beautiful again. That should be commended not criticised. s-pb2
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