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22/09/22: New rake machine set to help keep Rhyl beach clean

Denbighshire County Council, Rhyl Town Council, Rhyl BID and Keep Wales Tidy have recently obtained a beach rake machine which will be used to clear litter from Rhyl’s beaches.

Earlier this year, Rhyl beach received the Seaside Award status for another year, which is a national standard for the best beaches across the UK making it a very popular place for visitors.

The new surf rake will enable an enhanced standard of cleansing, leaving Rhyl beach free of cigarettes, plastic, glass and other detritus throughout the summer months, protecting this area of natural beauty from poisonous toxins to ensure a high standard of cleanliness is maintained for locals and tourists to enjoy the beach safely.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport said: “I am pleased that our partners have worked together to make this happen, it is important that we clear our beaches from litter including cigarettes as they can pollute waters, cause fires and can harm children and our wildlife if ingested.”

“Protecting the safety of our public and our environment is our number one priority and this fantastic piece of equipment will help us maintain a high standard for Rhyl beach in the summer months when we receive high numbers of visitors.”

Gareth Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Project Officer for Denbighshire said: “We were excited to be able to support Denbighshire County Council, Rhyl Town Council and Rhyl BID in purchasing this machine, the difference this will make to this popular coastal area in Rhyl will be invaluable”

“Our Caru Cymru project is all about eradicating litter and waste and this is a perfect example of a local area taking action in caring for their local environment, which in turn will make a big difference.”

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The Mayor of Rhyl Councillor Mrs Diane King said: “One of the prime attractions of Rhyl is its large expanse of sandy beach.”

“This state of the art beach rake will provide an extremely effective and proficient way to regularly maintain Rhyl’s stunning beach, which Rhyl Town Council is committed and delighted to be endorsing alongside other contributors, so that everyone can enjoy at its finest.”

The beach rake will be deployed tide permitting early morning throughout the summer season to ensure minimal disruption to beach users.

Nadeem Ahmed Chair of Rhyl Business Improvement District said: “We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the joint purchase of the surf rake which will complement the fabulous work already undertaken to keep Rhyl beach tidy by volunteering community groups, such as Surfers Against Sewage, with their regular beach cleans.”

“Routine use of the Surf Rake will ensure a well-maintained, attractive, and safer beach, cleansed to the highest standard. This in turn, encourages repeat visitors, and strengthens our tourist trade.

In addition to the beach rake Streetscene have recently purchased with contributions from key partners electric waste collection carts which will be deployed in busy pedestrian areas to carry waste where it is difficult to access with traditional vehicles during busy periods and during events such as Rhyl Airshow, we also jointly funded an electric Glutton street cleansing vacuum cleaner which is deployed in the Rhyl Town centre area.

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