Workers from Green Sefton have been clearing rubbish left by visitors to beaches in Southport, Ainsdale and Formby

Selfish people have been criticised for leaving mountains of rubbish on beaches at Southport, Ainsdale and Formby. 

Workers from Green Sefton, part of Sefton Council, have been busy collecting tonnes of litter after thousands of people headed to the beach over the weekend, after some coronavirus lockdown rules were eased. 

But the huge clear-up campaign has diverted them from other essential tasks as they urged people – please stay away from our beaches. 

A spokesman said: “The Green Sefton team, emergency services and many other council workers have been helping out in key areas across the borough – food deliveries to the shielded and vulnerable, house refuse collection, even assisting the burial and cremations team – and still selfish people are leaving tonnes of rubbish on our coastline that the team then have to try and clean up, diverting us from other tasks.

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“The message is simple and has not changed – do not come to the coast, no fires, no BBQs, no camping.

“Parking is heavily restricted, toilets are not open and the North West currently still has the highest mortality rate in the country because of this terrible virus.

“Crowding onto a beach whether it is sunny or not is not a good idea.

“These pictures show how much rubbish was dumped around just one bin on Ainsdale Beach yesterday – just take it home with you.

“Thanks to the emergency services for working so hard to try to keep this precious coast safe and protected.”

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