35 people fined for littering in Cleethorpes this week
Enforcement officers have fined 35 people in Cleethorpes this week for littering.
Pictures have dominated social media in recent days, showing the resort covered in litter ranging from broken bottles, cans and cardboard packaging to carrier bags and face masks, following the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on Monday.
Officers issued the 35 people with £100 fixed penalty notices.
In addition to fining people, officers praised and encouraged children and other people for picking up their litter and putting it in a bin.
They also talked to a group of youngsters who threw a bike into Sydney Park pond and safely retrieved it.
Cleethorpes has more than 60 litter bins along the Promenade, including the newly installed extra-large bins just a few steps from the beach and Ross Castle.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, North East Lincolnshire Council deployed almost all its street cleansing staff to the resort to clear up the mess left behind.
A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said: “People love and value Cleethorpes beach so it’s all the more disheartening to see it treated like a rubbish dump.
“We’re grateful to our street cleansing team for clearing up such unacceptable amounts of litter and enforcement officers for carrying out patrols.
“The beach, along with parks and local beauty spots, provide people with much-needed open space during the pandemic. These places are vital for our physical and mental well-being.
“Nobody wants to see them treated with such contempt. When people leave litter, it makes the place look a mess and it harms wildlife. If it’s left on the beach, it can wash into the sea where it poses a danger to fish and other marine animals.
“Most people would not treat their own gardens like this so why do they think it’s acceptable in public spaces?
“Coronavirus is still very much a threat, and like many organisations, we still face challenges to maintain essential services such as street cleansing during the pandemic.
“Enforcement officers are on patrol during Easter Weekend. Please, put your rubbish in a bin or take it home.
“If you choose to drop litter and mess up the beach, the parks or the streets, we will fine you.”