Friends of Botany Bay and Kingsgate appeal to help keep the beaches clean

A request to keep the beach clean

Members of the Friends of Botany Bay and Kingsgate community group will carry out a beach clean this evening (May 31) and are appealing for residents to join them.

The group is also putting an ‘art installation’ in place aimed at reminding people to use toilet facilities and not the beach if they get caught short.

The group were at Botany Bay yesterday (May 30) but say very few people on the beach wanted to help clean up when asked.

One member said: “Many of us have got more than a little bit fed up picking up the constant onslaught of litter left by the more anti-social visitors to the beach.

“Yesterday, we headed down with some signs and asked visitors to do their own beach cleaning.  Very few were willing to do anything. Most of those who did were local residents, however there were a couple of visiting London families who pitched in, which sort of made it worthwhile

“We’ll be there today with our litter equipment and signs from 5.30pm and will be asking residents to come down and lend a hand. We will also politely ask visitors to remove their rubbish when they go.

“We will also be placing the art installation at the entrance to the beach for people who have difficulty distinguishing a toilet from a beach.”

Last week there were complaints of visitors leaving beach areas “covered in faecal matter and stinking of urine.”

Yesterday public toilets for all the isle’s beaches were reopened.


  1. You are wasting your efforts as it will be as bad the next day and the next until the end of Summer. You may as well wait until then before you do it and let the day trippers sit among their crap as a message to them. Why should residents have to go to the beach at the end of the days to pick up litter afrer freeloaders have been? This has got ridiculous. Where are the huge bins for the beach so people can be clean and deposit their crap on leaving? No proper thought has been put into it as usual.

    • Well said, I’ve just witnessed a fire engine take 13 minutes to travel 300 metres in Botany Road. God help anyone waiting in a house fire they wouldn’t stand a chance. Just waiting for out do gooder idiots who will claim that we need these visitors to boost our economy. Absolute nonsense, the residents here have been taken for mugs again. As for those cleaning the beach, thanks, I’ve already applied for a rebate on my extortionate council tax as again we’ve been taken for mugs. Things must change and soon.

  2. I agree with the comments posted above. If you keep cleaning up after these irresponsibly idiots then they will continue to drop their rubbish for someone else to clean up. Leave it a couple of weekends and maybe they’ll get the message.
    A provision of sufficient bins, open toilets and beach patrols to remind people to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. I definitely think a alcohol ban should be implemented on beaches like many towns have done.

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