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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Former Millom mayor’s litterbugs blast

TOURISTS are transforming a Cumbria seaside settlement into a “third world village”, a councillor has claimed.

Councillor Janice Brown told members of Millom Town Council people using Haverigg beach as a wild camping site have left litter and human waste strewn across the sands.

Caravans have been setting up camp just yards from authorised campsites in the village and leaving rubbish. In one case human waste was scattered across the area off Marine View.

Reports of unauthorised off-roading along the beach were also mentioned.

Cllr Brown, who stepped down as mayor in 2013, said: “I have never known any town where people can just do what they want. People come to Haverigg, park where they want and they do what they want.

“I think part of it is due to the lack of police presence. This weekend was a bank holiday weekend, the waste and mess was a disgrace.

“We look like a third world village. People say I’m anti-tourist, I’m not but this is what they do.”

Talks finalising a beach path along the shore, complete with art installations, are ongoing.

It is hoped the new path would encourage more visitors to the area but concerns were raised about irresponsible behaviour by people visiting the beach.

Councillors were told visitors can be seen parking on the play area at the beach and two 80-year-old women had to stop one group of revellers.

A number of measures to try to prevent cars parking in the village were discussed, including signs warning of fines, but councillors were told they would be unable to actively enforce such measures.

Councillor Joan Hobbs said: “Something needs doing.”

Both Councillor Brian Crawford and Councillor Frank McPhillips suggested blocking off the area using rocks or wooden stakes to prevent parkers.

Cllr McPhillips said: “It we put 12 stakes or bollards there, it would stop them doing it.”

Councillors voted to install bollards at the beach play area following the suggestions put by both Cllr McPhillips and Cllr Crawford.

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