Concern over '˜disgusting' state of Eastbourne lake due to litter

An Eastbourne woman is appalled by the amount of rubbish dumped in a section of Shinewater Lake.

Thursday, 9th August 2018, 11:36 am
Updated Saturday, 1st September 2018, 10:21 am
Susan Clarke next to some of the litter dumped in Shinewater Lake area in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)

Susan Clarke, of Oulton Close, says she often walks her dog through the underpass below the A22 and near Bannatyne gym and says it is always filled with empty bottles of alcohol and fizzy drink.

The mother said of the area, which is on the Cuckoo Trail, “I have seen the rubbish build up and build up.

“I took my dog out one day and there were about 60 bottles of wine and beer cans all floating in the algae.

Litter dumped in Shinewater Lake area in Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)

“I saw a couple of ducks and thought this is not right. It’s disgusting.”

She is calling for a bin at the location and said she reported the issue but was told it was not Eastbourne council’s responsibility. The Herald found that lies with the county council.

An East Sussex County Council spokesperson said, “Having been made aware of this issue with litter in the lake, we will be clearing this up as soon as possible.

(Photo by Jon Rigby)

“We would urge anyone using any of our countryside sites to play their part in keeping sites clean and unspoilt by using the litter bins provided, or where there are no bins to take their rubbish home with them.”

Anyone who notices litter in the countryside can email [email protected] or call 0345 60 80193.