Litter and noise plague residents living by Royal Docks beach

Sunbathers at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks.

Sunbathers at the Royal Victoria Beach in Royal Victoria Docks. - Credit: Archant

Residents living by London’s biggest beach have complained about the increased amount of litter and anti-social behaviour since the attraction arrived.

The Urban Beach project is the brainchild of the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDMA) and Newham Council to create a more pleasant dockside.

But the attraction, modelled on similar projects along the River Seine in Paris, has “overwhelmed” organisers with its popularity and success has brought its own problems outlined by readers on the Newham Recorder website.

GSB Newham wrote: “Broken glass is strewn across the ground, along with dirty nappies, rotting food, discarded clothing and underwear, soiled condoms, and all manner of other human waste of the vilest nature.

“The instigators of the beach didn’t think to provide toilet facilities, so people go where they please.”

Another reader, Carly Haynes, wrote: “I have seen groups smoking cannabis right outside my property! It’s very intimidating, and the worry is that it’s not safe to approach such groups, or promote where you live to them!

“I was also stunned to see people swimming where it is clearly signed not to swim. If they are promoting such an ‘event’ where are the lifeguards? Or St John’s Ambulance?”

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RoDMA is working with Newham Council and the police to put extra measures in place to crack down on the “small minority” causing trouble in the area.

Mike Luddy, managing director of RoDMA, said: “This behaviour has not been restricted to the beach area alone and it’s not clear whether these acts would have taken place if the beach was not in place.

“It is however a matter of priority to get this issue resolved quickly.

“It would be a great shame if we allow the anti-social minority to stop such popular initiatives coming back to the Royal Docks in future years.”

A spokesperson for Newham Council added: “We have listened to concerns of residents and local businesses.

“As a result, enforcement patrols have been increased as has security at the site to ensure the beach closes when activities end.

“Staff are discouraging people from swimming in the docks as there is a strong current.

“However, this is a long-standing issue that pre-dates the beach. The signs around the beach make clear, and we repeat again, the docks are dangerous and swimming is banned for good reason.”