Rubbish ruining Gower's glories
THE popularity of Rhossili Bay combined with glorious sunshine has again revealed a grubby downside.
Not for the first time, litter pests have failed to take their rubbish home from the Gower beauty spot.
Steve Williams, who took his two nephews there on Monday, said he came across four piles of rubbish on the beach.
He also claimed the public toilets ponged and that soiled nappies were dumped on and around litter bins outside.
The beach is managed by the National Trust, which has again urged visitors to act responsibility and take their rubbish away.
Swansea Council said its staff cleaned the toilets at Rhossili Bay on Monday and collected rubbish.
Debris, such as fishing gear, can also drift in on the tides.
Mr Williams said: "Further down the beach there was the rather grim sighting of a rotting sheep carcass which was swarming with flies and maggots — not such a lovely sight on a hot summer's day.
"While I am sure there are a minority of people who have no respect for the environment by finding it difficult to take their rubbish home, surely there must be some responsibility from the National Trust and local authority to ensure these areas are regularly maintained?
''These locations were extremely busy, what kind of image does this portray to tourists and visitors?"
A trust spokesman said: "We are doing a lot of things to keep the litter managed, particularly through educating people to be responsible to take their litter with them.
"We rely on regular beach cleans with volunteers.
"The fact is that it is a huge area."
He added: "We would rather people took their rubbish with them."
A council spokesman said: "Our staff cleaned the toilets at Rhossili Bay twice on bank holiday Monday and also collected rubbish from bins located there. This happens at Rhossili and other popular spots across Gower and Swansea Bay every day throughout the summer months.
"The sunny weather over the weekend led to large crowds of people visiting Gower.
''We'd urge visitors to take their litter home with them and not overload bins with rubbish when they're already full."