Beaches make it into 2011 Guide

Drop Folder News/Atex News. 07/12/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Local Area and Budget Survey.'South Bay Beach'102227b

Drop Folder News/Atex News. 07/12/10. Pic Kevin Allen.'Local Area and Budget Survey.'South Bay Beach'102227b

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SCARBOROUGH’S beaches have received a glowing report in the Good Beach Guide 2011.

The North Bay scored slightly higher than South Bay, making it into the “recommended” category, whereas South Bay achieved a basic pass.

Other beaches to be recommended by the guide include Reighton, Filey, Cayton Bay, Whitby and Sandsend.

In the latest edition of the guide, launched today by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), 461 UK beaches are recommended as having excellent bathing water quality - the third highest number in the guide’s 24-year history.

However, 46 UK beaches failed to meet even the basic standards set 35 years ago in European law. These present a potential health hazard for beachgoers, who may face unacceptable levels of bacteria and viruses in the sea water.

Rachel Wyatt, MCS coastal pollution officer, said: “From 2015 Europe’s beaches will be classified using even stricter water quality standards due to the revision of the Bathing Water Directive.

“But instead of viewing these new standards with dread, our coastal communities and water companies should welcome them as an opportunity to attract more people to the UK’s wonderful and varied seaside resorts.”

Monitoring for the new standards begins next year, and if a beach consistently fails to meet these legal limits between then and 2015, bathers could be faced with a sign advising them not to enter the water.

The society is urging beachgoers to vote with their mouse at www.goodbeachguide.co.uk and the choose beaches with the best water quality for swimming.

It says that only by demanding the cleanest beaches for swimming can we ensure that investments are made to improve our coastline.