Anger continues over muddy beach

PUBLISHED: 10:26 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:26 09 April 2013

Mud dumped on Seaton beach just before the Easter holidays was left above the tide line claim angry residents. Photo by Ian Barradale

Mud dumped on Seaton beach just before the Easter holidays was left above the tide line claim angry residents. Photo by Ian Barradale

© 2013 - Ian Barradale

Residents claim waste dumped on the pebbles at Seaton just before Easter was a poor advert for the holiday resort

Residents in Seaton are still fuming over the dumping of tons of muddy waste on their beach.

They say council chiefs failed to keep their promise to ensure it was washed away in time for the Easter visitors.

“It was a poor advert for the resort,” said one protestor.

Diggers moved in late last month to dump waste form the crumbling cliffs onto the pebbles at West Walk.

East Devon District Council defended the work saying it was cheaper and greener than using trucks to cart away the material from each landslip.

A spokesman said a digger would be placing the cliff fall materials below the tide line so it could be washed away.

But local photographer Ian Barradale, who led initial protests against the dumping, said they had not done a proper job.

“EDDC operatives did come back and push the cliff fall debris down the beach but not far enough for the tide to carry it away until the next storm. So it hasn’t been cleared in time for Easter,” he said.

Mr Barradale took photos of the waste an hour after high tide showing it had not been reached by the water.

“So it’s now a bigger eyesore than before,” he said.

Local resident Jackie Warren is also furious about the mess.

“I think it is outrageous,” she told The Herald. “How dare they desecrate our beach? We pay a fortune in council tax and this is how we are treated. I would not be allowed to happen in Sidmouth (where the district council is based).

“The beach had a clean up just a couple of weeks ago by volunteers who obviously care more about its appearance than some do.”

Urging residents to join her in protesting to the council Mrs Warren added: “It is a real shame that so many people feel apathetic about Seaton’s overall appearance.

“We have what I, and many others, consider to be a beautiful beach, it is a great shame that anything should be left on it that doesn’t enhance its appeal to the taxpaying residents and holidaymakers.

“We should sue them the council for their litter just as they would sue us if we dropped anything.

“ Come on people, let us not put up with this disgraceful treatment - complain, complain and complain again.”

The district council has not commented on the latest complaints.

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