Locals urged to help keep the positive image of Lossie alive

Tourism group does not wish to see this view photographed in Lossiemouth
Tourism group does not wish to see this view photographed in Lossiemouth

IT MAY BE listed as one of the best seaside destinations to visit in the United Kingdom – but one local tourism group is reminding local people that they are responsible for keeping it there.

As revealed by insideMoray last week, Lossiemouth has been highly praised in a report by a Tripadvisor holiday booking website, who placed the Moray town as one of the best in the country.

However, the Laich Coast Tourism Group, who were established last year to promote the attractions of the Moray coast form Findhorn to Lossiemouth, is urging local residents in the Moray town to help ensure their beaches remain so highly rated.

A spokesman for the group said: “Our chairman was walking the West Beach in Lossiemouth this week and was horrified to find that a metal cage bin on the beach was overfilled with dumped rubbish.

“Most of that appears to have been left by dog owners who, while placing dog dirt in plastic bags, are simply dumping them on or around this bin.

“We are not even convinced that it is an official bin – it appears itself to have been dumped at the water’s edge in a place that would make it difficult if not impossible for any collection services to empty it.

“The matter will be raised with the Community Council in Lossiemouth but in the meantime it would really help if local people simply did not dump more rubbish by this bin – it only exasperates the problem.”

Owners of the nearby Silver Sands Holiday Village are hoping to rally local residents to a survey of the beach later this month.  General manager of the holiday village, Rebecca Grant, has organised an event on September 19 from 10am when she hopes as many people as possible will turn out – with those that do being rewarded with bacon sandwiches and tea at the village restaurant.

She said: “The West Beach is a wonderful stretch of sand – so we are asking local people to take part in an event that will not only keep the beach looking great for visitors, but will also help Marine Conservation Society identify where the litter comes from and try to stop it at source.”