Just when you think you have seen everything, a story comes along out of the blue and really twists your melon. We have had news this morning that the take away delivery company Deliveroo has started trialling beachside food deliveries at Bournemouth over the weekend. As you can imagine this has worried many surfers and local water users who have previously raised concerns and questioned the presence of jet skis in the surf zone and near the foreshore.
We have seen the way some Deliveroo agents weave in out of traffic on their bikes, and dread to think what sort of damage an overenthusiastic jet ski pilot could do as they negotiate their way through the line up to the beach to hand over a take away. I doubt very much they will be K38 trained riders! As well as the obvious safety concerns, we also worry that this unnecessary service will lead to a marked increase in beach litter in the local area.
Apart from the littering and safety issues, what about the local beach concessionaires who will no doubt see an impact on their own trade as the jet skis start running takeaways from the industry big hitters in town out to the beach? I can’t see what’s wrong with burger and chips followed by doughnuts and ice cream from the local cafes!
Maybe I’m missing the point and would love to hear what you think, do you like the idea of a jet ski service bringing you your favourite takeaway direct to your beach towel or do you think the new Bournemouth Deliveroo service is unnecessary, dangerous and will lead to an increase in local marine litter? Deliveroo are trialling the service throughout August and after analysing feedback will be looking to introduce the service permanently next year.