The popular Old Steamer beach in Hopewell, Hanover, has great potential for development, both as an exercise location and a historical site. However, its potential is being stifled by the high level of pollution.
The evidence of the unclean state of the beach is clearly visible to anyone who goes up close, as empty bottles and food boxes line the sand, even in front of the ruins of an old steamer, its historic landmark since the early nineteenth century.
Craig Oates, the enforcement and compliance manager at the Hanover Municipal Corporation, told the WESTERN STAR that the beach has been in a bad state for some time.
“There is a plan afoot to develop the shoreline, to have a boardwalk and jogging trail, because a lot of people use the area for wellness purposes, but over time the beach has fallen into a state of disrepair, because people just use it and leave their rubbish there,” said Oates.
Oates said the presence of several buildings along the roadway near the beach has contributed to pollution of the water.
“There are a lot of activities in terms of the buildings and their breaches taking place on the beach, and because of how the sewage is disposed of in the pits that persons who are on the beach-side have, when the tide is low or high, the raw sewage seeps back into the sea, so there is a high level of contamination along the shoreline,” said Oates.
“The municipal corporation has served a lot of notices and it hopes to use legal actions to get persons out of the area slated for development,” added Oates.