Drop in Number of Beaches Recommended for Swimming in UK

Drop in Number of Beaches Recommended for Swimming in UK

The wet summer in the UK has led to a drop in the number of recommended beaches around the country for their excellent bathing water quality. The Marine Conservation Society published the reports online yesterday in the annual Good Beach Guide.

The highest "recommended" rating for 2012 was received by the Druridge Bay South, Amble Links, Warkworth, Seahouses North and Bamburgh Castle in north Northumberland. However, the beaches in coastline have had their ratings slipped for the season.

Beadnell sought a drop in its rating from "recommended" to "guideline" and Druridge Bay North slipped two ratings down to "mandatory", which is the minimum standard of MCS.

Improvement was reported for Low Newton, moving from "mandatory" in 2011 to "guideline".

Rachel Wyatt, the MCS coastal pollution officer, said the latest results have called for improvements in the monitoring system of combined sewer overflows. Moreover, reduction in pollution from farms and populated areas are required to maintain the excellent quality of water in the beaches across the country.

She said fewer beaches have been recommended this year in the English region, Wales and Scotland. North west and south west, in England, have been hit harder in comparison to other areas.

She said, "Action must be taken now. With stricter bathing water standards from 2015 and summers that appear to be getting wetter, the iconic image of people bathing off golden beaches could be at serious risk".

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