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Cleaning up on the cliffs

Posted 18 April 2012
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Cleaning up on the cliffs
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When it comes to the Olympics, Britain's sailors have picked up plenty of medals in recent Games and will be hoping to dominate the events held in Weymouth Bay off the Dorset coast.

But while the yachtsmen and yachtswomen hope to own the podium in Weymouth, it will be members of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) who will be hoping to 'clean up' in a different way ahead of the event.

Members have been invited to use their climbing ropes to achieve by hand and bag what may otherwise have required the local council to spend large sums on contractors: a clearance of waste fly-tipped below the Cheyne Cliff area car park.

A key reason for this work taking place is that the mess would be highly visible to Olympic visitors and hardly what spectators and TV crews from around the would like to see - or the impression the county council would like people to have about Dorset.

Local access rep Neal Heanes has already recruited half a dozen local volunteers, with the BMC advising its members that they may gain more benefits than just helping to convey a good impression as the sailing world converges on the scenic coastline in July and August.

Mr Heanes noted there are access issues at another nearby site - Dungecroft Quarry - and the BMC cause may be helped by its members showing how environmentally friendly they can be.

He said: "This is a great opportunity for us to score brownie points and helps greatly with ongoing access negotiations. Thanks to those who have already offered to help."

Fly tipping is a problem walkers and climbers may encounter in many places. For instance, Cathedral Cave in Little Langdale is another spot blighted by the dumping of items that should be placed in skips or taken to the dump. By helping, those who love to climb or walk in the outdoors may do much to advance their access cause in many places around Britain.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801343557-ADNFCR