300lb of glass and metal collected from Cleethorpes' 'neglected' North Beach
A GIANT panda, a Japanese sumo wrestler and 755 bottles of beer – all are equal in weight to the shards of broken glass and metal that volunteers have cleaned off Cleethorpes' "Lost Beach".
Campaigners, who have battled for two years to remove rubble and rubbish from the "neglected" North Beach, in Cleethorpes, have painstakingly collected 300lb of junk embedded in its sands.
It has outraged the small band of dedicated locals and neighbourhood forum leaders who have battled for two years for someone to take responsibility for the land.
Local conservationist Robert Palmer collected the glass from the beach near Suggitt's Lane, with his wife Jackie and is keen to work with the council on improving the beach.
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He said: "It is frustrating nothing is being done but we want to build bridges not battlements. We just want it sorting."
A previous estimate put the cost of a clean-up at £20,000 but residents offered to organise a community clean-up to keep the cost down and were even awarded £250 of ward funding for spades and high-visibility vests.
But, as reported, North East Lincolnshire Council have banned them from cleaning the beach until the ownership of the land is determined – amid health and safety fears.
NELC knows ABP has the land on a 999-year lease from the Crown but say the boundaries associated with this lease, and neighbouring leases between NELC and the Crown, are uncertain.
They hope the mystery will be solved in the new year but locals say whether this will speed up the clearing of the beach remains to be seen.
Chairman of CleeLincs Neighbourhood Forum Steve Pygott said: "It is disgusting, some of the stuff they have found hasn't just been washed up from elsewhere, people have littered there and no one seems to care.
"It is very dangerous.
"God knows what could happen if anyone were to stand on a shard of glass or metal.
"It needs cleaning up for the sake of the locals if no one else.
"No one is asking for it to be developed for tourism, all we want is for it to be made safe and clean.
"It is a disgrace."
Tony Neul, head of neighbourhood services, said: "The council is continuing to have dialogue with ABP to clarify ownership issues and hopes to have a clear position early in the new year.
"ABP do, however, have responsibility for this particular stretch of beach.
"Before any activity takes place on the beach it is important that permission is granted by the land owner and Natural England."