‘Lazy people that don't care’ – readers’ anger after left litter strewn across seafront path in South Shields

This is what South Shields seafront looked like following a busy weekend in the town for the first South Tyneside Festival gig, with cans, plastic, glass bottles strewn across the sand.

Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 9:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th July 2019, 5:40 pm

Here’s what you had to say about the rubbish:

Deborah Smith: Absolutely disgraceful!! What a shame. What is wrong with people. So blessed with a gorgeous coastline and brilliant free events for families to enjoy . Well done to the street cleaners for working so hard!”

Picture by Joanne Gledhill

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Susan Mountain: “We walk along seafront most nights and I was disgusted and ashamed at the mess. We are lucky to have these free festivals, please appreciate them and keep beautiful South Shields tidy.”

Judith Topping: “People are happy to carry the full bags etc there so why can't they take the empty ones home if bins are full.”

Martin Woodhouse: “This happens every year after the summer concerts especially when the weather is good but the cleaning up operation is amazing. I’m not sure there are enough bins nearby to cope with all the litter.”

Pedro Cohen: “My view on this is that the organisers of these events need to take responsibility for ensuring there is not only adequate measures put in place to clean this up straight after these events. They know this is going to happen. But there is sufficient measures in place to stop any pollution from entering the surrounding areas. If they can’t meet that criteria then they shouldn’t be allowed to stage such events. Take responsibility don’t point fingers.”

Alex Jackson: “People don’t care. All that plastic and the sea is just behind it.”

Dawn Jolly: “Should be people out there giving fines.”

Fiona Duncan: “People blaming the council? Take a bag, put your rubbish in it, take it home. Take some personal responsibility.”

Ste Dixon: “Until we ALL take responsibility then stop these events. It's that serious now. There's NO EXCUSE for it. Lazy people that don't care. It's not ok to leave places like this.”