BOURNEMOUTH’S latest seaside feature, a two metre high metal fish, has already started making waves across with community, with the majority of beachgoers welcoming to the idea.

Nellie the recycling fish is now fitted in her new location for the next month, on Bournemouth Pier Approach, next to Tourist Information Centre.

The metal sculpture bin, owned by Hampshire based charity The Final Straw Solent, has been lent it to environmental trust We Have The POWER to help promote recycling and educate people about the harm to sea life caused by single use plastic.

Founder of We Have The POWER Julia Davies said: "After over a year of research and campaigning its wonderful to see Nellie finally arrive in Bournemouth.

"Before she was even off her trailer she was attracting interest from passers by.

"We really hope people take the time to listen to her messages about reuse not single-use waste and Leaving Only Footprints on our beautiful beaches."

Many visitors to Bournemouth seafront liked the idea and said that it will help to solve beach littering.

On Facebook, Maria Munn said: “At last some positive news to encourage recycling.

“Let’s all club together and get Nellie a new family member to stay for good - Well done BCP Council and The Final Straw.”

Another resident from Bournemouth added: “I think it is a good idea, it is in a good location so you can’t miss it.

“Last month showed us that recycling needs to be reinforced in the minds of most people so if it helps people to recycle and keeps our beaches clean, it can only be a good thing.”

However, some residents expressed concern that Nellie’s arrival could lead to vandalism and alternative schemes may be a better way to encourage correct waste disposal methods.

On social media, Gilly Smith said: “Bins on the beach is what we need, every 200 yards or so like in Spain!

“It works for them, why not us?”

We Have The POWER are looking to gather support among the public to have a permanent structure on Bournemouth seafront.

BCP Council are running a competition for children to get involved in, by creating posters and signs to help educate visitors about littering and the harm it can cause on our community and wildlife.

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