Good Beach Survey Sees Many North East Beaches Rated Top

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22nd June 2012 12:06 - Public Consultation

Beaches in theNorth East of England have come out tops once more in the annual water quality survey for the Good Beach Guide by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Up from 20 last year, 29 beaches in the North East have been recommended by respondents this year, meaning the region boasts some of the highest number of beaches to be recommended in the Good Beach Guide’s 25-year history.

A total of 53 out of 64 (83%) beaches in the North East England region have been rated top by MCS for excellent water quality.

Recommended beaches in the area include Marsden and South Shields, Tynemouth King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth Long Sands South and North, Cullercoats, Whitley Bay, Seaton Sluice, Blyth South Beach, Seaham Hall and Seaham Beach.

Nationwide, 516 out of 754 UK beaches tested last summer have been found to have excellent water quality – this represents 8% more than last year.

Rachel Wyatt, MCS coastal pollution officer, has said that while these figures will boost UK tourism, a note of caution is relevant: “This summer will see the first samples taken under the revised Bathing Water Directive which will replace the current standards with more stringent ones from 2015. It’s really important local authorities, water companies and environmental regulators don’t become complacent and take their feet off the pedal of continued environmental improvements. If that happens we could see a drop in the number of beaches recommended by us in the future, which could pose a risk to the great reputation that British beaches have.”  

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