Wednesday 22 May 2019

Courtown Tidy Towns are fed up of cleaning after beach goers

The pile of rubbish left on the picnic bench in Courtown
The pile of rubbish left on the picnic bench in Courtown

Sara Gahan

Courtown Harbour was left in a deplorable state on Saturday evening after beach-goers abandoned their rubbish.

Treasurer of Courtown Tidy Towns Tony Cline was shocked when he was greeted with a pile of rubbish consisting of leftover food, broken glass bottles, cans and wrappers, left on top of a picnic bench area in the middle of Courtown.

Michelle Ray, secretary of Courtown Tidy Towns, said it is a huge problem at the moment across Courtown with many leaving their trash on the beach and at designated picnic areas.

The committee members are fed up of constantly cleaning up mounds of rubbish each evening left behind from people.

'We are out each evening cleaning up after the day,' said Michelle. 'People are leaving clothing, dirty nappies, smashed glass and cans everywhere. Even leaving rubbish on top of bins that just gets blown everywhere.'

Michelle said the biggest problem is the smashed glass, and is encouraging people to make sure they discard of it properly. 'A young child could step on to the glass and seriously hurt themselves,' added Michelle.

Tidy Towns is urging everyone to respect the area and to bring their stuff home with them once they have finished.

Gorey Guardian