'Unsightly' post-bank holiday beach trash likened to 'music festival'

PUBLISHED: 06:30 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:54 10 May 2018

Rubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine Strawbridge

Rubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine Strawbridge

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The experience of navigating post-bank holiday rubbish on Exmouth seafront has been likened by one visitor to walking through a music festival.

Rubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine StrawbridgeRubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine Strawbridge

Martine Strawbridge, who lives in Ottery St Mary but visits Exmouth three times a week, told the Journal how seafront bins were unable to cope with the rubbish generated by bumper visitor numbers over the three-day weekend.

Pictures taken by Martine show the bins overflowing on Monday evening (May 7).

Martine said she was ‘very disappointed’ with the state the seafront was left in, adding: “I was there at 7pm and they were like this and I feel that it was very unsightly and, in this day and age, not necessary when there are commercial bins that could have been put in place to cope with it.

“After all they [the district council] keep on, ‘don’t feed the gulls’, well, they were having a field day. I felt like I was walking through a music festival rather then a beautiful beach.”

Rubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine StrawbridgeRubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine Strawbridge

Exmouth parent Chris Lees, 52, told the Journal how he visited the beach at around 6pm on Monday only to find discarded glass bottles which ‘sent a cold shudder’ down his spine.

“The thought of some small child happily playing in the sand, only to be sliced open by broken glass left by some inconsiderate and ignorant person fills me with something I can only term as rage,” said Chris.

East Devon District Council’s StreetScene team was out in force on Tuesday (May 8) to clear up the post-bank holiday mess.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Due to the glorious weather and the weekend festival in Exmouth, the town was exceptionally busy and consequently the seafront bins were in constant use by thousands of visitors, as well as local people. Our StreetScene team worked overtime on the bank holiday Monday from 6.30am to 6pm. Throughout the day, they emptied the same bins over and over again and put additional bins in place to help with the heavy and incessant demand.

Rubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine StrawbridgeRubbish build up by bins in Exmouth from bank holiday weekend. Picture: Martine Strawbridge

“The whole of Exmouth was back to normal by 9.30am (Tuesday).”

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