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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Martin disappointed by anti–social behaviour on Ballyholme Beach

Sunday 1st September 2013

At the start of the summer, after our first hot weekend, I identified a distinct need at Ballyholme beach for extra litter disposal facilities to be provided by Council. As a result, just two weeks ago, Council Officers put in place a new system which would cope better with the extra demands when large numbers of people enjoy our local beach during periods of good weather. It has now come to my attention that only two weeks after Council placed two extra large bins at Ballyholme beach to cope with the summer crowds that they both have been subject to probable anti–social behaviour.

At the start of the summer, after our first hot weekend, I identified a distinct need at Ballyholme beach for extra litter disposal facilities to be provided by Council. As a result, just two weeks ago, Council Officers put in place a new system which would cope better with the extra demands when large numbers of people enjoy our local beach during periods of good weather. It has now come to my attention that only two weeks after Council placed two extra large bins at Ballyholme beach to cope with the summer crowds that they both have been subject to probable anti–social behaviour. 

On Wednesday of last week one bin was set on fire, either wilfully or by accident and the other was dragged into the sea. Unfortunately the actions of the few again have disadvantaged the needs of the many. I was reliably informed by Officers that the job they had to get the bin out of the sea was enormous given its weight and size, so the amount of effort required to get a 1100 litre bin into the sea in the first place must have also been significant. 

Quite frankly I am very disappointed by these actions and Officers will now have to review the strategy we have implementing regarding combating litter on our beaches.

Extra Wardens were out over the weekend to cope with the large crowds but people do need to reflect on their own actions and the consequences for others. Not unlike the cause of the problem [a lack of personal and social responsibility by the minority] it seems that the solution has also fallen victim to a similar fate

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