Sea cleanliness boost

VISITORS to the East Lincolnshire coastline can bathe in some of the cleanest waters in the country – that’s official.

Bathing waters off the beaches at Anderby, Chapel St Leonards and Skegness have all passed the Bathing Waters Directive – a stringent set of Government tests focusing on the quality of the sea water.

All beaches were rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

There were more than 20 tests carried out in each location during the summer season by DEFRA, the organisation responsible for the Directive.

Colin Foran, from the Skegness, East Coast and Wolds Hospitality Association (SECWHA), said: “Our congratulations to everyone who is working so hard to achieve this brilliant success.

“SECWHA and the district council are endeavouring to ensure that this coast moves up from the fourth most visited coastal area in the UK and this news is certainly going to help us in our ambitions.”

East Lindsey District Council is currently preparing to submit applications for Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award status for our beaches for 2012 – another important quality mark for coastal resorts.

ELDC leader, Coun Doreen Stephenson, said: “This is excellent news for local people and visitors to our District and something we should be very proud of. Clean beaches are an important part of the holiday experience.”