CONCERNED residents have pleaded with beachgoers to stop making a mess of the seafront.
It comes after flytippers dumped a large sofa bed on the shingle overnight, just behind the Pyramids Centre.
Betty Corbett, of Southsea, found the sofa bed there when she went on her morning walk along the promenade.
Ms Corbett said she was appalled someone had dumped the piece of furniture on the beach. She said: ‘I have seen a lot of rubbish on the beach but I’ve never seen anything like that before.’
‘I went back down there later in the afternoon and there were people lying right next to it sunbathing. It was a bizarre thing to see.’
Another resident, David Jones, said the sofa bed was an ‘extreme case’ of the littering that happened every day on the beach and on Southsea Common.
Mr Jones said he regularly walked along the seafront to pick up rubbish – and said the problem was getting worse thanks to the warm weather.
He said: ‘It’s silly season down here at the moment.’
Mr Jones called for litterers to re-think their attitude and wake up to what they were doing to the environment. He said: ‘It saddens me that in the 21st century when people know about the issues that they treat it the way they do.’
Mr Jones has started two environmental groups, Just One Ocean and Plastic Oceans Foundation, to raise awareness of the marine pollution.
I have seen a lot of rubbish on the beach but I’ve never seen anything like that before.Betty Corbett
He said he regularly found waste including cigarette lighters, cups and other bits of plastic on the beach.
Mr Jones said another hazard was so-called ‘disposable’ barbecues, which people often left on the common after using because they were too hot to get rid of.
Mr Jones said Portsmouth City Council did a good job cleaning up the beach and providing bins along the seafront, but not enough people were using them.