Warning that beach litter could lead to an expensive day in the sun

East Beach, Lossiemouth

People who leave litter on Moray’s beaches are likely to find themselves with an £80 fixed penalty notice as community wardens step up the pressure over the coming months.

Throughout the summer Moray’s community wardens have been operating a ‘clean coastline’ initiative in an effort to tackle and deter litter being left on the region’s beaches.

Fine weather this year has already seen thousands flock to the most popular coastline and beach areas of the region. While most show respect for the environment and dispose of their waste in a responsible manner, some continue to leave behind a mess for someone else to clear up.

Now community wardens say that they will be out and about during peak times conducting beach patrols – and anyone caught littering will be liable to the recently increased £80 fixed penalty notices.

Backing up that initiative will be a series of beach cleans to ensure that litter does not accumulate during the summer months, with volunteers being sought from local communities to help out.

Equipment will be provided and those able to give some spare time is being asked to contact Tim Betts on 07800 670665 for further information.

The beach cleaning series will see volunteers gather as follows:

Burghead – 3pm on Saturday’s July 12 and August 9, meeting at Salmon Green.

Hopeman – 3pm on Saturday July 26 and Sunday August 17, meeting at the beach hut car park.

Lossiemouth East Beach – 3pm on Saturday’s July 19 and August 16, meeting at the East Beach car park.

Lossiemouth West Beach – 3pm on Saturday August 2 on the West Beach car park.

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