Join in the Big Spring Beach Clean 2016!

Communities across Scotland are being invited to take part in the Big Spring Beach Clean 2016.
Communities across Scotland are being invited to take part in the Big Spring Beach Clean 2016.

Communities across Scotland are being invited to take part in the Big Spring Beach Clean 2016.

The scheme is being organised by Surfers Against Sewage in association with Parley for the Oceans and Klean Kanteen.

Storm Imogen recently swept through the UK, battering the coastline with gale force winds and colossal waves; dumping tonnes of marine litter along the coastline.

Marine litter is now one of the biggest threats to the health and sustainability of our marine ecosystem. A recent report predicts there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Every day approximately eight million pieces of marine litter find their way into our oceans causing the death of one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually.

Community beach cleans play a vital part in tackling the marine litter crisis with recent research demonstrating that removing plastic waste along our coastline is the most effective clean-up method.

Plastic waste collected or intercepted along the coastline is now also being viewed as a vital resource that society can’t afford to waste.

The Big Spring Beach Clean is the biggest single community beach clean effort in the UK, uniting 7000 grassroots volunteers to tackle the marine litter crisis in over 200 locations across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Surfers Against Sewage is now calling for community volunteers to join the Big Spring Beach Clean team. Register your beach today by emailing and for a list of registered cleans in your area, visit the events page on

SAS is thrilled to be working closely with partners Parley for the Oceans and their global collaborator network to ensure that as much of the plastics collected as possible at the Big Spring Beach Clean are diverted away from landfill and upcycled into new products.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes