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Sofas, fridges and litter are blighting beauty spot

ABANDONED sofas, broken fridges and dog dirt are blighting a Barrow beach.

Walkers at Roanhead have spotted the furniture dumped within a few miles of Barrow tip.

In a short walk along the beach the Evening Mail spotted discarded clothing, crisp packets, sweet wrappers and piles of dog dirt.

Recent hot weather has brought sun bathers out in their droves but dog walkers have complained the good weather has also brought more unwelcome visitors.

Nita Ratcliffe, of Pine Road, Barrow, visits the beach every day with her horse, Lucky.

She said: “It’s not too bad for rubbish but I have seen someone turn up in a van and dump a settee.

“I couldn’t believe it, I thought he was having a picnic at first.

“He put the settee out, I carried on my way for a ride and when I came back he was still there.

“There’s been all sorts dumped – there was a fridge freezer the other day.

“It’s terrible.”

Councillor John Murphy said: “We do have lovely coastline.

“But for some reason people are picking up the message that it’s not acceptable to drop litter in the street but they seem to think it is acceptable to drop it on the beaches.

“Our beaches are special and beautiful and they should be treated with the same respect as the rest of our countryside.”

The Evening Mail’s Big Clean campaign is due to take place for its second year.

The campaign will run from June 16 to June 24 and aims to tackle some of the grottiest spots across Barrow, Furness, and south and west Cumbria. Last year in Barrow alone, more than one-and-a-half tons of rubbish was picked up during the Big Clean and we’re hoping to build on that success.

Scores of people turned out to events last year and this year we want to make the campaign even better.

From Millom to Grange if you have an area you think needs to be cleaned up, or if your organisation wants to get involved, email will.metcalfe@cnmedia.co.uk with Big Clean in the subject or call 01229 840186.

Have your say

It`s not too bad Norman, the permit is free and comes return of post, you can have one a month, it just takes a little bit of planning. Some people are just lowlife though, they seem to feel at home surrounded by rubbish, just like those people on telly programmes like "The hoarder next door". They start with a sweet wrapper as kids and work their way up to a fridge.

Posted by redneck on 22 June 2012 at 23:42

There are many places in this country where
people have no pride,or have a couldn't care less attitude to where they dump their rubbish,as long as it is not on their patch.
My neighbour has just had to get a double sized mattress removed from the front of her house. It appeared in the middle of the night while their was no police about.
This country is becoming one big waste tip!
no pride,no jobs,no wealth creation, 60% of population obese,out look grim and dismal.

Posted by Dicky on 20 June 2012 at 17:17

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