A team of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) volunteers visited local businesses in and around Ilfracombe on February 26 and 27, delivering free Cleaner Coastal Catchment resources to help rescue the failing water quality at Wildersmouth. The team visited 216 local businesses over two days, handing out 7,000 Cleaner Coastal Catchment community action packs.
To kick-start this community activity SAS were joined by Ilfracombe Mayor, Mr George Squires, to present a Cleaner Coastal Catchment information board packed full of free resources to the Landmark Theatre.
A second board was presented to the Ilfracombe Centre, Ilfracombe Council’s One Stop Shop. Anyone wanting to support the Cleaner Coastal Catchment initiative can collect their free resource from either of these information boards.
The reaction from Ilfracombe businesses and community members was fantastic and, as a result there are positive Cleaner Coastal Catchment messages displayed prominently across Ilfracombe.
The initiative, supported by the Environment Agency, focuses on both Porth (Cornwall) and Ilfracombe (North Devon) because these beaches are struggling to meet minimum water quality standards, with Ilfracombe Wildersmouth currently failing.
The Cleaner Coastal Catchment community action packs help to guide local businesses, local authorities, the water company and the community towards simple solutions that help improve water quality at Wildersmouth.
Local SAS rep Claire Moodie said: “Ilfracombe businesses really embraced the Cleaner Coastal Catchment message and we are hoping these small, simple solutions can start to improve the water quality. You can pledge your support to the project at www.CleanerCoastalCatchments.org.uk.”
(from a press release)