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Seafront table top sales Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group
Community Beach Cleaning Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group
Community garden on Rossall Promenade
Dr Robert Keirle is the Patron of the Rossall Beach Group, and he'll be coming along to the next meeting on 6th March from 6pm at Cleveleys Community Centre.
Dr Rob, as he's affectionately known, is the Pollution Programme Manager at the Marine Conservation Society, and is part of the Turning Tides Group which is working on cleaning up our bathing waters prior to the changes in European Legislation from 2015.
The Rossall Beach Group are playing their own little part in spreading the word that the issue of bathing waters on the Fylde Coast is a huge one that could potentially affect everyone if not resolved, and that we can all play our own part in improving the situation.
Come along to this meeting, which is sure to be animated and entertaining, to find out what the impact will be, what's being done on a larger scale, and how you can help.
Find out more about the importance of improving bathing waters on the Fylde Coast and how you can play your own part, here.
More about Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group
Formed almost four years ago, the groups objective has been to make this old section of seafront which was built in the early 1900’s as attractive as possible, given the fact that it won’t be rebuilt for at least another 10-15 years, because it isn’t at risk of flooding.
We work with Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council to carry out improvements, either to the fabric of the area or to the way it is maintained, to create a better place for everyone, and a better experience for visitors.
In September 2012, Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group became a registered charity.
We’ve had the handrails to the beach installed, new litter bins and benches, better street and beach cleaning, we campaigned for the roads and pavements to be resurfaced, and were instrumental in the installation of the new CCTV camera to reduce anti-social behaviour – which was why the group formed in the first place. We’re now in the process of becoming a Registered Charity.
Any time in Spring 2012 you’ll also see a series of five interpretation boards appear right at the edge of the sea wall. Over a two year period, we’ve secured funding from the National Lottery and DONG Energy who installed the cable for the windfarm, and members have researched and developed the content for the boards. They tell the story of what’s to be seen across the sea, all about the windfarm, and about the wildlife that you can find on the beach.
Dog fouling on the beach is also a big ongoing campaign that we are just starting to step up for 2012 along with Northfold and Manor Beach primary schools, and that goes hand in hand with our monthly beach cleaning programme.
Beach cleans are held every four weeks all through the year on Monday mornings, along with additional events through the year on Sundays. The first Sunday beach clean was held in October 2011, with lots of new people turning up to help and Rossall School providing tea and biscuits. The Waterfront Rangers support these events, and had made a display to hang on the handrail to the beach, showing how long it takes litter to decompose. Cans, bottles, rope and plastic all take hundreds, if not thousands of years to degrade, which is why it is important to get them out of the sea.
The litter which can be seen all year round on this beach is almost all coming from the water – from land and from boats. The rubbish which is collected is weighed and monitored and reported back to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The Rossall Beach Group adopted the beach, and findings from beach cleans are used by the MCS to petition for reduction of pollution at source.
In May 2012, Rossall Beach Group are hosting the Marine Conservation Society and Marks and Spencer Beach Clean in support of the M&S Forever Fish campaign. Staff from the Cleveleys store came along with one of their Directors, plus the public and members of the group. Everyone got free M&S snacks to finish, plus a £5 voucher off a £25 shop – and a free warm sense of satisfaction!
The M&S beach clean even will be held again on Monday 22 April 2013 and everyone is welcome to come along - including other groups, businesses and schools.
The Fylde BeachCare project is working with groups like this one, and aiming to set up new groups along the coast, to try and improve litter and fouling so that the water quality levels pass the test during the bathing water season.
If you come along to any of the events, it’s a chance for you to find out more about the group, and also to contribute your thoughts. 2012 marks the start of consultation to form plans for the future and decide which projects will be carried out. A ‘wish list’ is being drawn up to brainstorm what beach users would like to see – from issues of housekeeping and maintenance right through to possible building projects for the future. When this list has been written, the group will start working with the council to identify which items on the list can practically be achieved, and from there create a plan for the future.
The Rossall Beach Group is also about having fun and making friends and building a strong community. Fundraising events are held throughout the year, along with a monthly meeting at Cleveleys Community Centre on Beach Road where you can keep up to speed with what’s happening, plus social events. We also get involved with events like the Light Up a Life Christmas switch on.
Everyone is welcome to come along to a meeting and see if it’s for you. Membership is just £1 and anyone is welcome to join no matter where you are from. You might want to be an active supporter and get involved, or just keep up to date with the group.
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