Amid a ‘bad year for Britain’s beaches’, Lincolnshire’s coast has triumphed once again, retaining a full complement of prestigious recommendations for its ‘excellent’ bathing water.
Despite the Marine Conservation Society recommending 113 fewer British beach in its 2013 guide compared with last year, Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Anderby all retained their top status.
East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for economic regeneration, Coun Craig Leyland, has welcomed the announcement which he believes is another great accolade for the coast’s tourism offer.
“This is yet another important acknowledgement for beaches along the coast and the wider tourism offer,” he said.
“It is really great news just ahead of what we hope will be a busy Easter weekend for many,
“The Lincolnshire coast remains one of the most visited places in the UK and this is yet another reason why people should visit.”
Further north, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea’s beaches were also recommended to give the Lincolnshire coast a full complement of acknowledgments for its high quality bathing water.
Elsewhere in Britain, however, one of the wettest summers on record has been blamed for a ‘worrying’ decline in water standards.
Barely half of the UK’s 754 bathing beaches tested in 2012 had excellent bathing quality and a concerning 42 beaches failed to meet even minimum European standards up by more than two thirds on the previous year.
The relentless rainfall led to surging levels of harmful bacteria and viruses caused by surface run off from agricultural and urban areas, storm waters, misconnected plumbing and septic tanks.
MCS coastal pollution officer, Rachel Wyatt, says the latest results show that the charity’s calls for improved monitoring of sewer overflows and action to reduce pollution from farms and populated areas is urgently needed.
“We have recommended fewer beaches in every English region and in Wales and Scotland,” she said.
“In England, the north west and south west were hit particularly hard, with the fewest number of recommended beaches for at least a decade.
“Actin must be taken now - with stricter bathing water standard from 2015 and summers that appear to be getting wetter, the iconic image of people bathing off golden beaches could be at serious risk.”