Private Beaches Cleaned by the Tax Payer

The beaches of Cornwall are not just important to the tourism industry, but to the residents who use them all year round. No one want to see a dirty beach, as this can has a negative impact on those who use them. So, it is important beaches  where it is possible are kept clean.

My local beach, Porthleven West is owned by the National Trust, who do a very good job in keeping it clean, especially in the summer. On this beach you will often see a group of people walking along this beach cleaning it. Other beaches are owned by the Council who have a duty to keep them clean too. However, there are around 17 beaches that are privately owned, but Cornwall Council pays for their cleaning.

From the 1st April the following 17 beaches will not have the cleaning paid for by Cornwall Council. The beaches affected, including the current owner(s) are:

Carbis Bay – Carbis Bay Hotel,
Godrevy, Porthchapel, Porthcurno – National Trust,
Gwithian – CC/Duchy of Cornwall
Foreshore at Hayle estuary side – ING
Marazion – St Aubys Estate,
Perranuthnoe – Duchy of Cornwall
Porthkidney – RSPB
Porthkidney Sands – ING/Hayle Harbour Company
Upton Towans – CC (above Mean High Water), Mr Arbon, Duchy of Cornwall.

Gwenver, Beachside, Hayle Towans, Mexico Towans, Sennen and Sennen foreshore – Private owners

Now you might argue this cleaning arrangement should continue because this function was inherited from a former District Council. But is it fair on other landowners who are having to pay their own costs?  Why should the tax payer pay for cleaning on beaches which are owned by a commercial business? If the Council should, then why not other private beaches? I know beaches are important, but the owner of the land should be paying for their upkeep, and not the tax payer.

It is on par with me paying my next door neighbour’s house to be cleaned. It’s a very nice gesture, but certainly not fair.


  • anon

    Why should the land owners pay? They allow the public to use the beaches without paying surely making the landowners responsible will encourage them to restrict access.

    Cornwall is a holiday destination and tourism its main income – while your stance might be headline grabbing it could end up being counter productive.

  • Mrs Sands

    I think owners of private beaches should pay to clean them. I walk across private farmland for free but i don’t pay to cut their grass.

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