Litter group praised as Lido wins beach award

Councillor Tom Malone commends the work of Pick Up Peterhead group members Lara Brown, with Iona Galvez-Brown (3), Theresa Ritchie, Jane Warren and Jane Lawrie with group mascot Rufus at the award-winning Lido beach.
Councillor Tom Malone commends the work of Pick Up Peterhead group members Lara Brown, with Iona Galvez-Brown (3), Theresa Ritchie, Jane Warren and Jane Lawrie with group mascot Rufus at the award-winning Lido beach.

Peterhead’s Lido beach has won a rural seaside award thanks to its cleanliness.

And on Monday, members of Pick Up Peterhead - a local group allied to Aberdeenshire Litter Initiative - were praised for their efforts in keeping the popular beach clear of litter.

Peterhead councillor Tom Malone was at the Lido to thank the group members for the sterling work they have done over the past year, helping the beach to achieve the award.

Keep Scotland Beautiful announced the winners of Seaside Awards and Blue Flags on Monday with the Lido gaining the rural award for the fifth year running.

In total 59 beaches were recognised for their excellent litter management, safety procedures and water quality.

Celebrating some of the cleanest and best managed beaches in the country, the Seaside Award has been used as a quality mark for Scotland’s beaches for the past 21 years.

Commenting on the work of the Peterhead group, member Jane Lawrie told the Buchanie: “I’m pretty much at the Lido every day as we try to keep on top of things.

“We also do group litter picks once a month in various areas, although lately they too have been concentrating on the Lido.

“People are starting to notice a difference, but we still need to get people to pick up their dog mess as it’s a big issue down here.

“We’d love the Lido to achieve Blue Flag status, but the dog mess and broken bottles etc are stopping us from getting this.

“We want people to take a pride in this beautiful beach and stop leaving litter lying around,” she said.

Cllr Malone added: “It’s a great honour for Peterhead to win this award which is well deserved.

“We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the North-east of Scotland. The Lido is such a great asset to the town it should be valued and taken care of by everyone.

“I would give considerable credit to Pick Up Peterhead for all the hard work they do. If it was not for them we would not have received this award - that’s a fact!”

Pick Up Peterhead currently has around 20 dedicated members who attend pick-ups regularly.

Jane added: “If anyone sees folk dropping litter or failing to pick up after their dog then they should report it to the relevant authorities.

“People still aren’t getting the message that dropping litter is harming our environment. There are now plenty of bins at the Lido so there’s really no excuse to leave litter or dog mess lying around.”