Further to yesterday’s news about all the sand on the promenade I can confirm that it’s been pretty much cleared-up. I was running along the prom this lunchtime and a tractor was scooping sand up at the bottom of Kings Gap. The main pile at the bottom of Trinity Road had also been cleared.
In response to my query about clearing up sand yourself and putting it back on the beach, a local Hoylake Junction reader suggests:
I think you’re allowed to clear it yourself (if you want to), I would view it the same way as snow clearing.
I agree, I’m sure you can shovel it up yourself if it’s on your property or blocking your access, but it’s the issue of what you do with it? I spotted one local resident putting some sand in a brown garden recycling bin …I don’t think that’s right.
The Telegraph reported in 2007 that Fylde council deemed the act of returning windblown sand back the beach as fly tipping. Perhaps I’ll email our appropriate council department and ask them.
Another local reader John suggests that you can report problems such as road blockages or broken street lamps etc to streetscene (@wirral.gov.uk).
I did notice that a section of railing has come away near the Kings Gap bend – maybe it snapped off in the winds? Only the other week a section was replaced at the Trinity Road slipway.
In addition to informing streetscene, there’s a site called Fix My Street where it’s suggested you can report local issues and the people behind the site report the problem to our local council. So, as a test, I’ve posted an entry about the broken railings – I’ll let you know what happens next.
Oh, it’s rather windy again, so the sand might… again!