Porthleven is a Think Before You Flush Town

At Thursday’s monthly meeting of Porthleven Town Council, a presentation was given by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) asking for support and endorsement of the campaign Think Before You Flush (TBYF).  I have blogged before about this great campaign HERE. The presentation by SAS highlighted the damage of using a toilet as a ‘wet bin’ not only harms the environment, but also can block treatment works that can and has resulted in raw sewage being discharged into the sea.

During the presentation one of the world’s top surfers, Alan Stoke talked about how important, and special the ‘reef’ off Porthleven was to surfers. As this is the only reef in Cornwall. He went on to say even though he tours the world surfing, he still comes back to Porthleven to hone his skill.

As part of the work  leading up to the presentation at the town council I helped SAS talk and get support from the people and businesses of Porthleven. It is amazing that over 60 businesses of Porthleven were willing to support this campaign and will be displaying the information, and stickers at their premises.

Once the presentation was completed, the town council asked a few questions. It then voted unanimously to support this campaign. This now makes Porthleven, the world’s first Think Before You Flush town. It is also good to hear other bodies have also supported this campaign. This includes Cornwall Council and Visit Cornwall.

SAS have written on the campaign and Porthleven’s support HERE



The SAS Campaign Team, Alan Stokes and me

The SAS Need You!

I have received a plea from Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) for help in winning a sack of money from the European Outdoor Conservation Association that will help deliver the following project:

To expand, develop and  train Surfers Against Sewage’s network of community Coastal Protection Activists who volunteer in coastal regions through grass root actions such as beach cleans, educational talks and environmental campaigns targeting marine litter, climate change, toxic chemicals, sewage effluent and wave protection. At least 30 beach cleans will be held.

This is a great project, but to be able to deliver it, SAS need your vote in a four-way competition with other European entries. Currently, SAS are just 130 votes ahead of the nearest competition and with the voting closing Thursday midnight anyone could win! Let’s make sure it is Surfers Against Sewage’s project.

So if you can please vote, but also pass on this message to all your friends, work colleges and family for them to vote.

The link to vote can be found HERE