‘Disgust’ at revellers leaving rubbish trail after drinking spree

‘Disgust’ at revellers leaving rubbish trail after drinking spree

7 April 2021

REVELLERS left a trail of debris and destruction after at a late night drinking party at Tyrella beach.

Local councillor Alan Lewis says he is “disgusted” at the way the beauty spot was left after the drinking spree last week.

“Constituents contacted me to advise the area had been left in an awful state,” he said.

“I arrived to find broken bottles, used condoms, rubbish, the remains of a fire and burnt chairs scattered all over the sand dune. I am deeply disappointed and very angry.

“Why would someone come to enjoy a place of outstanding natural beauty to then abuse it? A child or animal could have been seriously injured as broken bottles lay sticking out of the sand on the path along the way to the makeshift campsite.”

Cllr Lewis said Newry, Mourne and Down Council was expecting to spend upwards of £300,000 upgrading facilities, including the trails and car park area, and had submitted plans for an new amenity block.

“It is deeply disappointing to see the area mistreated, especially when the council is working hard to provide for the area,” he continued.

“I have worked tirelessly for these improvements, lobbying for funding to be allocated to the area. It is frustrating when some are cheeky enough to come along to the beach, enjoy the facilities then leave them in a state for anyone who follows. It is childish and unacceptable.

He added: “I have asked that the council ensure the gates are locked at night, the area must be secured to prevent anti-social behaviour. I have spoken with the local PSNI inspector who has assured me that the area will be given passing attention.”