Environment: Sampling points for water quality

Please can I have the Environment Agency’s assurance that all sampling points will be located in accordance with their original proposals, and will warning signs be in place advising the requirements of Blue Flag beaches which will next year need to provide warnings to beach users when nearby combined sewer overflows discharge, if that discharge could temporarily affect the bathing water quality.

With reference to the meeting held on March 26, 2012, by the Filey Flood Working Group in the Filey Town Council council chamber, concerning Filey as well as other resorts who had lost their Blue Flag award and they were advised that new standards were to be introduced by 2015 Mr Cockerill enquired whether the flap valve at Herring Hill would operate less, and was informed that this was correct. He went on to enquire whether the existing sample check point south of Herring Hill could be moved.

Lee Pitcher of Yorkshire Water stated that the sample was taken where the majority of people bathed but would ask the Environment Agency as it was they who would decide, however he would look at the data first. He requested that Mr Cockerill send him a map showing where he would want the sample check point moving to.

Why would Cllr Cockerill want to move the sampling points further away from the point where they were designed to be taken from, if the sample was intended to be taken from where the majority of people bathed, but this point happened to be where the foul water overflow would infrequently discharge, who are we kidding by moving this sample check point to a location further away from the overflow discharge, so it does not matter if we make people ill by bathing in contaminated water as long as we qualify for the Blue Flag award.

Also, in England, Blue Flag beaches will next year need to provide warnings to beach users when nearby combined sewer overflows discharge, if that discharge could temporarily affect the bathing water quality.

Keep Britain Tidy said the tougher water quality standard being introduced in 2013 under the new EU Bathing Water Directive was estimated to be twice as stringent as the current Blue Flag water quality standards.

J Robert Dyson

Langsett Avenue

Wharfedale

Filey