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Leigh event to help us protect our seas

Visitors to old Leigh will be able to find out about how they can do their bit to reduce marine pollution this week.

Members of Make Southend Sparkle – a campaign that involves volunteers in activities that make Southend a greener, cleaner place – will be at Bell Wharf of Friday 17 August along with representatives of Anglian Water to highlight the impact on our seas of flushing cotton buds and wet wipes down the toilet and pouring fat down the drain.

They will also be explaining how even small items like discarded cigarette butts and small plastic items can damage our seas and the wildlife in them. The Borough Council’s stop smoking team will also be on hand to give assistance and advice to anyone who wants to quit.

Southend Borough Council Cllr Mark Flewitt, cabinet member for public protection, said: "This event will be an eye-opener for many and will demonstrate how simple things you do in your home every day can have a knock-on effect for our waterways.

"We are inviting people along to have a chat - get some information. There will also be some free giveaways and the opportunity to sign up for volunteering around the Borough.”