What a weekend that was! Thousands of visitors joined Wirral residents over the bank holiday and enjoyed a range of attractions and events, the length and breadth of the borough.
As always when the sun shines, our coastal resorts were particularly popular with the added attraction this weekend of the Tall Ships Regatta taking place along the river Mersey, meaning New Brighton welcomed an extraordinary number of visitors once again.
However, unlike the first May bank holiday earlier in the month when the council admitted it had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the impact the sheer volume of day-trippers had on things like the emptying of public litter bins and street cleansing, the arrangements put in place for this weekend stood firm in the face of what proved to be even greater demands.
Cllr Matthew Patrick, Wirral Council’s Cabinet member for the Environment, was among those who had a day out at New Brighton and he saw for himself the good work that was going on and how lessons had well and truly been learned from a few weeks earlier.
Cllr Patrick said: "I’d like to say a huge thank you to all visitors, volunteers and staff who help keep our beaches clean. I joined many thousands of people at New Brighton beach for the sunny Bank Holiday weekend and it was beautiful.
"Extra bins were put in place by the Council, but it was because people care about keeping our streets and beaches clean that they were used well. A special thank you goes to local volunteer groups who work so hard all year round to pick up litter and keep our beaches clean.
"Wirral is a beautiful place to live and work and this weekend showed why."
The difference in the two bank holiday weekends did not go unnoticed among residents either, with a number of comments on Wirral Council’s Facebook page praising the operation.
One of the messages said: “Well done to everyone who helped organise this amazing day. From the extra-large bins, the food stands, the many ambulance crews, the police, the Biffa wagons, free entertainment and of course the many toilets, which were all clean! Our prom and our New Brighton come alive on days like this and it’s one of the best organised events I've seen for the area. Well done everyone.”
Other comments stated “great bin and clean-up operation this weekend - well done WBC” and “great job by all concerned and it showed the area off very well”.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Tue, 29 May 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk