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Beach-goers urged to leave only footprints

Visitors to Swansea beaches are being warned they could face fixed penalty notices if they leave more than footprints on the sand.


As the countdown to the summer holidays continues, the council is stepping-up its effort to encourage people to do the right thing on their long, hot days on the beach.

Extra bins are being drafted in, beach-litter picks are being increased and civil enforcement officers will be on patrol at some of Gower's glorious bays and beaches.

Teams will also be out and about over the coming weeks taking an education message about keeping things clean direct to people on the beaches.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment, said the council is playing its part but visitors need to take personal responsibility too.

He said: "There's no excuse for leaving it behind on the beach. The council doesn't dump litter, people do. Instead they should take personal responsibility and clear-up after themselves."

He said: "Too often we see reports of the extraordinary thoughtlessness of people leaving waste behind that causes sometimes very serious injuries. Absolutely the worst thing anyone can do with waste like bottles, cans and disposable barbecues is bury them in the sand.

"We have BBQ disposal bins at the most popular sites at Caswell, Rotherslade, Langland and Swansea Bay. But if there aren't any available people should simply take the used BBQs home with them. It's the right - and safe - thing to do."

Council litter teams sweep council-operated beaches by hand at least once a day. In the past few weeks extra litter bins have been brought in to help manage increased demand.

Civil enforcement teams have already been to beaches at Swansea Bay, Langland and elsewhere this summer to help deter inappropriate littering and to enforce the dog beach ban.

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