Group hopes to share beach clean­ing du­ties

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY RE­BEKAH MCVEY

North-east res­i­dents want to be able to share coun­cil equip­ment so that they can clean their lo­cal beach more of­ten and boost its pop­u­lar­ity.

Mem­bers of Rose­hearty Com­mu­nity Coun­cil gath­ered at the sea­side yes­ter­day to re­ceive a demon­stra­tion on how to use beach-clean­ing ma­chines owned by Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, in the hopes an agree­ment can be reached in the near fu­ture.

Chair­woman of the com­mu­nity group, Elly Mor­rice, said: “We have such a lovely lit­tle beach here but it’s sim­ply not get­ting used to its full po­ten­tial.

“If we’re able to clean the beach more reg­u­larly, I think it’ll help en­cour­age peo­ple to make more use of it.”

The scenic spot was also praised by coun­cil­lor Mark Findlater, who be­lieves it could have the po­ten­tial to at­tract more peo­ple to the area.

Mr Findlater said: “There needs to be some sort of sys­tem in place that is amenable for Rose­hearty Com­mu­nity Coun­cil and Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil for more reg­u­lar beach cleans to take place.

“There is such a won­der­ful beach here and lo­cals tell me it’s the best har­bour, it would be good to see it be­ing used to its full po­ten­tial.

“The com­mu­nity coun­cil here are re­ally step­ping up and are mak­ing a real ef­fort to see what they can do to help make this hap­pen. The beach clean­ing equip­ment could also ben­e­fit other nearby beaches.”

CLEAN SWEEP: From left, David Whyte, Elly Mor­rice, Mar­jorie Ren­nie, Kevin Duthie, Gary Alexan­der and Coun­cil­lor Mark FIndlater

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