“Danger Signs on Dirty Beaches” in East Devon, too.

26 Mar

danger no swimming

The following comments, not surprisingly, are  from a resident of lovely Budleigh Salterton:

‘For some years the Sunday Times has been running a campaign to improve the quality of our bathing beaches.  Their latest article (published 24 March 2013) is potentially devastating to us in East Devon. The last paragraph reads:

“Most beaches in the southwest are expected to be classified as excellent or good under the new system. Those expected to fail unless quality improves are Budleigh Salterton in Devon, Seaton in Cornwall (SIN note: not the Devon Seaton!) , and East Looe in Cornwall.”

Planners really need to consider: the consequences of continuing to allow developments to combine storm water and raw sewage in the same system; the need to maximise the use of porous hard standing and paved areas; and how to manage any future intensification of livestock farming in our sensitive river catchment areas. We have to start by stopping making it worse!’

Here’s the full Sunday Times’ article, sent in to SIN, for your information:

‘SOME of Britain’s most popular beaches are to be forced to put up official new EU signs advising families against swimming in the water because it is so dirty.
A government analysis reveals 52 beaches —including resorts at Blackpool, Hastings, and Combe Martin in Devon —are projected to fail stricter bathing water standards to be introduced in 2015.
The EU has issued warning signs that councils will be required to display at beaches which fail the tests from 2016.
Ministers are keen to reduce the number of sub-standard beaches, but the wet summers of the past two years have hampered efforts to improve water cleanliness.
Richard Benyon, a junior environment minister, warned last year that bathing water quality results in 2012 were the worst for a decade, despite billions of pounds invested by water companies to stop raw sewage blighting resorts.
The Good Beach Guide, published by the Marine Conservation Society this week, is expected to show a significant fall in the number of beaches with excellent water quality in 2012 compared to 2011.
The government analysis of the beaches projected to fail the 2015 criteria reveal those in the northwest have some of the worst water quality. All three of Blackpool’s beaches will be required to put up signs advising against bathing unless standards improve.
Most beaches in the southwest are expected to be classified as excellent or good under the new system. Those expected to fail unless quality improves are Budleigh Salterton in Devon, Seaton in Cornwall, and East Looe in Cornwall.’

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