Tara has set Water as our prompt this week for The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers and it has given me the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the latest mad EU ruling. Let me show you what I saw on a trip to St Mildred’s beach in North Kent, just down the coast from Margate
You see this beautiful beach is covered in seaweed, trust me it smells and it’s covered in pesky flies that keep on landing on you constantly throughout the entire time you are there, in fact so often it’s soon time to leave and move on.
OH sauntered off, quite disturbed at seeing one of his favourite beaches in high season when it should be teeming with kids playing cricket with dads, crabbing on the rocks and building sandcastles in the sand, off to have a chat with the lifeguard.
On asking why the beach was in such a deplorable state and why the council were doing nothing about it (it wasn’t the first day we’d seen this mess) the reply he received was that thanks to the latest EU laws the seaweed could no longer be collected and taken to the local dump/burnt/do whatever they used to do with it. No, now it had to be collected and returned to the sea – so as not to destroy the ecological system, meaning basically that with the next tide it would all be dragged back in again. As is happening.
It makes me so angry that some dimwit stuck in a Brussels office signs a piece of paper and changes all the rules over Europe including our local beaches that now thanks to these ridiculous laws cannot be enjoyed in the summertime. Thanks to that ruling, as you can see half the beach is out of use.
The fact is that our British summer hasn’t been the best so far this year and therefore everyone is just waiting eagerly to get to the beach and spread out on the sand to enjoy some of the balmy summer whilst it’s with us.
Is it right that we must comply to these ridiculous laws? After all, we probably spear head any ecological justice knowing our lot! I am all for respecting eco systems and looking after our environment but this surely is not going the right way about it. Is it?
Here is the same shot taken earlier this year to give you an idea of how much beach is out of use to the summer punters, Can I just remind you that we’re in a full scale recession which is hitting local businesses badly where it hurts and this idiocy really isn’t helping them. How many more local businesses will be shut down by September due to lack of trade because tourists couldn’t access the beaches?
Rant over. Tara – thank you for the opportunity to showcase this mess, maybe I should have tried something beautiful like an Italian fountain or a stunning lake shot but this came over as more important, for more beautiful shots of water, please head over to Sticky Fingers