Solve smelly seaweed problem by selling it as a snack!
11:00am Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
THE ISSUE of seaweed being washed up on Falmouth’s beaches could be solved by inviting Japanese visitors to eat it, according to one town councillor.
The suggestion was made by Diana Merrett at a meeting of the town council’s finance and general purposes committee on Monday evening.
The meeting was discussing the problems of the seaweed being left to rot on the beaches after Cornwall Council withdrew its removal service.
Councillor David Saunby told the meeting he had been left stunned at a meeting of Cornwall Council’s environment scrutiny recently when officers had said their beach cleaning service was going well.
He said: “I got quite wound up and asked them when was the last time they went to Gyllyngvase Beach, we have seaweed rotting there and stinking.
“I asked them what was the problem with what they used to do when they took a small tractor down there and scraped up the seaweed before loading it into a trailer and taking it away?”
Council clerk Mark Williams told the meeting there were issues over tractors being allowed onto the beach, and new rules that meant seaweed now had to be treated as waste.
Councillor Geoffrey Evans, who has raised the issue previously, told the meeting: “I could not believe it when I was told that the seaweed is good for the sand, it is meant to rot into it and make it better quality.” Councillor Diana Merrett asked: “Why can’t we get the Japanese over here because they eat it?”
Councillor Saunby added: “I have been told the Cornwall Council will only collect it when it becomes a health hazard.”