Get ready for Great British Spring Clean

Councillor Dow with added reinforcements for the spring clean

Local people are being encouraged to take part in the 2019 Great British Spring Clean by joining one of a number of organised events across the town.

Litter picks on beaches, in parks and gardens and on the downland will help ensure the town is at its sparkling best.

Kier, working in partnership with the council, will also provide added reinforcements for the spring clean with additional summer resources.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Cabinet Lead for Place Services, said: “We are lucky to live and work in such a beautiful part of the UK, it makes no sense to me why anyone would drop litter in the first place.

“Litter, often including plastics, pollutes and causes huge problems for wildlife and our own enjoyment of the local environment. There are events organised throughout March and into April and May so I hope as many residents as possible find time to join the spring clean.”

Litter picking events lined up for the Great British Spring Clean 2019 in Eastbourne are:

  • Friday, 22 March: schoolchildren will be on the beach between the Sovereign Centre and the harbour.
  • Saturday, 23 March: between the Sovereign Centre and Eastbourne Pier from 10am to noon, starting at the RNLI station at Fisherman’s Green.
  • Saturday, 23 March: Sussex and Surrey Probation/Pay Back will be cleaning the beach between the harbour and Pevensey.
  • Saturday, 23 March: aBandofBrothers will be litter picking around the Bomber Command Memorial at Beachy Head.
  • Sunday, 24 March: from 10am to noon covering the stretch between the pier and Holywell, starting at the Wish Tower car park next to the RNLI Museum.
  • Saturday, 6 April: in Hampden Park from 11am to 1pm, meeting at the café.
  • Friday, 10 May: local schoolchildren will clean parks and gardens close to their school.
  • Saturday, 11 May and Sunday, 12 May: Neighbourhood First and plastic Free Eastbourne will be working with friends groups and volunteers across the town to clean parks and gardens.

Councillor Dow added: “Residents can also report litter problems by using the council’s Report It app. It’s easy to download onto a smartphone and is very user friendly.”

For more information about the Great British Spring Clean 2019 visit

For details of the council’s Report It app visit

Published on 21 March, 2019