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Criticism of small minority who left litter on Barry Island

A ‘SMALL minority’ of people who visited Barry Island have been criticised for leaving their litter on the beach.

With lockdown restrictions in Wales easing, and some fairly nice weather, many have visited beaches and beauty spots in Wales, including Barry Island.

Although the majority of visitors left no trace on the beach, some people were less considera

The below photo, taken yesterday evening, shows some of the litter left behind by visitors with members of the public criticising the litter bugs on social media.

Litter left on Barry Island

Litter left on Barry Island

And this morning another photo was shared, highlighting the impact this anti-social behaviour can have on our beaches.

(Picture: Amy Rae Pugh)

(Picture: Amy Rae Pugh)

A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesperson said: “Barry Island is the perfect place to enjoy the recent warm weather and can attract up to 30,000 visitors a day.

“The vast majority of these people are well behaved and respectful while enjoying the resort, but sadly a small minority are not and it is their irresponsible behaviour that results in it being left in this state.

“The Council increases its cleansing activities during the summer when greater visitor numbers are expected. The beach is raked and a litter pick carried out every morning, while extra litter picking is undertaken on weekend evenings. Staff are also on patrol to dispose of rubbish during the day.

“There is a giant bin in the main car park and numerous smaller ones located around the Island, while large wheeled bins have previously been placed on the promenade to deal with beach litter.

“In addition, regular public address announcements remind people to dispose of their waste.”

The spokesperson continued: “Litter pickers are attached to a board for people to use should they be kind enough to help us clear up. The Council has also installed water fountains on the Island and other locations throughout the Vale in an effort to encourage people away from single-use plastic.

“Unfortunately, despite all these efforts, there are a small number of irresponsible people who show no regard for the environment they have come to enjoy and leave it in an unacceptable condition.

“We would obviously urge people to be conscientious when visiting Barry Island, but it is also worth pointing out that our environmental enforcement officers will be on duty throughout the summer and the fine for littering is £100.”

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