In early September, beachgoers were appalled and outraged to witness the reckless and absurd behavior of 4×4 drivers who, with complete disregard for the safety and comfort of others, drove onto a beach where children and dogs were playing.
Local Community in Shock and Anger
Residents of a popular resort were shocked and angered by the actions of “idiotic” and “irresponsible” drivers who decided to turn Traeth Cysgod y Llanw beach, near Llanfwrog on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales, into a parking lot for their 4x4s. These self-willed drivers, failing to find parking near the scenic spot, thoughtlessly invaded the beach and parked there.
Witness Accounts and Environmental Concerns
Witnesses reported that the visitors set up a barbecue and left their litter behind. A local woman was distressed to see the beach being used as a “car park”. On Facebook, she wrote:
“There were people there with children playing, not expecting to have to look out for cars. I had to call my dog back to me as there was one driving towards her. It’s not great when we can’t feel safe on our local beaches. I felt anger and upset – I dislike selfish, careless, and self-entitled behavior. I would never think of driving onto a beach, but it seems some people think they can park wherever they want.”
The ecologically valuable Traeth Cysgod y Llanw beach was under threat due to the potential for oil leaks onto the sand. The drivers were labeled “idiots” and “irresponsible”, and their actions were described as “dangerous”, according to NorthWalesLive. Several residents expressed their intention to approach the Anglesey Council and local politicians, demanding action.
Council’s Response and Future Measures
The Anglesey Council confirmed the existence of laws prohibiting vehicle entry on many of the island’s beaches and promised to consider installing additional barriers to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Editorial from iow4x4club.co.uk: Condemnation and Call for Action