English Bathing Waters Update

New statistics released by DEFRA on the quality of bathing water around England have shown that swimming waters are the cleanest since records began. 413 beaches and lakes were tested around the country of which 98.5% of those passed standards with 93.2% of those being rated ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, an increase of over 5% since 2015. Last year standards became stricter under EU legislation but also aimed to give more recognition to ‘excellent’ swimming beaches. These revised bathing water ratings may encourage more coastal ‘staycations’ boosting seaside economy which is estimated to be worth more than £3.6 billion annually with 146 million visitors each year.

For the North West’s 31 bathing waters (includes 3 inland on Windermere), 3 bathing waters formerly classed as ‘poor’ have moved to ‘sufficient’, meeting the tough new standards. These are Allonby, Clevelys and Silloth. This change means all NW bathing waters now meet the new standards, with 5 more meeting ‘sufficient’, 11 meeting ‘good’ and 12 meeting the ‘excellent’ classification. An extract from the 2016 results is shown below.

West Kirby Excellent
Meols Excellent
Moreton Excellent
Wallasey Excellent
Formby Excellent
Ainsdale Good
Southport Good
St Annes Good
St Annes North Good
Blackpool South Excellent
Blackpool Central Good
Blackpool North Sufficient
Bispham Good
Cleveleys Good
Fleetwood Good
Morecambe South Good
Morecambe North Good
Walney Biggar Bank Sufficient
Walney Sandy Gap Sufficient
Walney West Shore Sufficient
Haverigg Sufficient
Silecroft Excellent
Seascale Good
Windermere, Lakeside YMCA Excellent
Windermere, Millerground Landing Excellent
Windermere, Rayrigg Meadow Excellent
Windermere, Fellfoot Excellent
St Bees Excellent
Allonby South Sufficient
Allonby Sufficient
Silloth Sufficient

The full England results can be found by following this link

Updated results from the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Beach Guide can be found here.

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