Residents ‘appalled’ over behaviour at Sidmouth beach

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Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com 

A councillor is calling for two bylaws to be brought in to prevent anti-social behaviour at Clifton Beach in Sidmouth.

Cllr Stuart Hughes is calling for bylaws following numerous complaints he has received from local residents who have been “appalled at the behaviour of young people who have been congregating there [Clifton Beach] during the heatwave.”

It is understood that up to 100 people have been gathering with small portable BBQ’s as well as lighting fires along the beach.

Cllr Stuart Hughes said: “The complaints I’ve received have expressed concerns over the behaviour and foul language from some of those gathered on the beach.

“They have also been lining empty bottles up and throwing stones smashing them which is also a potential hazard for children and other beach users.

“I contacted Alison Hernandez and asked if the police could keep a watchful eye on what’s happening, however I know they are stretched especially with lockdown being relaxed.

“I am therefore asking East Devon to see if bylaws can be fast tracked to prevent drinking and use of loud beat box radios along with a dedicated area being introduced for BBQ’s.”

The Councillor adds: “With hotels reopening [at a later date], need to show Sidmouth in its best light.

“As we come out of lockdown it’s important that we do everything we can to kick start the local economy.

“Unfortunately, the type of recent behaviour does nothing for our image.”

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