Castlerock Beach Cleanup by Community Volunteers
Despite the appalling weather, 17 hardy members of the Castlerock Community Association and a volunteer from the nearby town of Coleraine spent Wednesday morning cleaning up damage to the town’s beach from storms Dudley and Franklin.
Many of the beach boardwalk boards on the beach and the fence posts to the left of the main entrance had been torn up by the storm and scattered along the beach.
After the cleanup, a message on the association’s social media said: “A big thank you to the 18 volunteers, including a gentleman from Coleraine who showed up this morning to clean the wooden planks of the boardwalks and poles from the beach plus a litter pick up along part of the beach.The weather was terrible but morale was high.
“Mark Strong from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was helping with the cleanup and advised council staff will be picking up wood from the pavements this afternoon hopefully.
“Thank you to all the volunteers for making a difference and caring.”
Thanking the volunteers for their work, local MP Claire Sugden said: ‘It was a huge job in this area after the storms.
A statement from the council said: ‘We would like to thank the volunteer volunteers who took part in a clean-up operation this morning on Castlerock beach.
“The beach, dunes and boardwalk have all been hit hard by recent storms.
“Despite the bad weather, our Coast and Countryside team are very grateful to those who came out today to help.
“Collected waste will be disposed of by our operations team, and salvaged wooden poles will be collected for storage by Estates for future reuse.
“Well done to the Castlerock Community Association and everyone involved.
“Other weather warnings are in place and we urge everyone to be careful, especially around our coastline at this time.”