Brighton residents complain of litter following Pride festival – Evening Standard



Brighton residents have complained about the amount of litter following Pride this weekend.

As locals woke up on Sunday morning after a headline slot by Britney Spears on Saturday, many were left shocked by the amount of rubbish around the town.

Images show plastic bottles, carrier bags and other items left strewn around the town including on the beach.

Following complaints on Twitter, Brighton Hove Council said: “The Pride Brighton clean-up is well underway. Many areas are now clear.

Brighton and Hove Council said the clean-up operation is now underway (Andrew Coleman)

“The high volume of people in the city centre until very late slowed initial cleaning. It’s not possible to clear litter effectively in a crowd.”

It urged those attending the event today to help by “binning litter or taking it home.”

Many locals were left frustrated by the amount of litter (Stuart Cragg)

One local said: “The atmosphere in Brighton last night was wonderful but I have to say, the amount of rubbish dumped on the streets was appalling.

“The pavements were swimming in bottles, cans and dumped litter.”

While Adrian Morris wrote on Twitter: “The amount of rubbish left on the streets of Brighton and Hove was distressing to see. Please don’t just drop it and take it home!”

The weekend kicked off with a parade on Saturday morning which travelled through the city centre. 

Brighton Pride is one of the largest LGBT+ celebrations in the world. The theme for this year’s event was “Colour My World.”

Thousands attend Brighton Pride event

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People take part in the Brighton Pride parade in Sussex

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A parade goer performs during Brighton Pride

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A police officer joins the parade

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A parade goer performs during Brighton Pride

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A giant rainbow Pride flag is carried through the centre of Brighton on the first day of the Pride event

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A giant rainbow Pride flag is carried through the centre of Brighton during Brighton Pride 2018

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Crowds watch the parade in the blistering heat

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A parade goer smiles to the camera on the first day of the Pride event

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Parade goers pictured during the Pride event

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A giant rainbow flag is carried along the seafront in Brighton

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People take part in the Brighton Pride parade in Sussex

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A parade goer performs during Brighton Pride

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A police officer joins the parade

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A parade goer performs during Brighton Pride

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A giant rainbow Pride flag is carried through the centre of Brighton on the first day of the Pride event

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A giant rainbow Pride flag is carried through the centre of Brighton during Brighton Pride 2018

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Crowds watch the parade in the blistering heat

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A parade goer smiles to the camera on the first day of the Pride event

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Parade goers pictured during the Pride event

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A giant rainbow flag is carried along the seafront in Brighton

Hundreds of volunteers and staff worked over the weekend at the event which brings in an estimated £18 million into the city and around two percent of its total annual visitors in one day. 

Organisers are hoping to raise at least half a million pounds for charity. 

Around 900 extra police including armed officers were on patrol.