Blackpool beach cleanliness warnings for Lancashire visitors

Lancashire residents planning a day out to Blackpool will in future be warned about the quality of the bathing water.

From 2015, beaches will be subjected to much tougher standards and signs advising of the state of the sea will have to be placed on the coast.

Some traders have raised concerns that the new European Union rules will put visitors off going to the resort.

But tourists and families have said they would rather be told if it was not safe to go for a swim.

Last year, 42 beaches, including two in Blackpool, failed to meet the minimum requirements for bathing.

The North West coast is the worst performing area in the country.

As part of the new testing, the Environment Agency will be looking for bacteria, which give an indication as to how polluted the water is.

A sample is taken from 30cm, or 12 in, under the water and is then sent to a laboratory to see how dirty the sea is.

Each area will then be classified as excellent, good, sufficient or poor.

In parts where the water is determined to be poor, the Environment Agency will put up signs advising swimmers not to go into the sea.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “The new thresholds are based on better science as we move forward

“The old directive was in 1970.

“There will be signs going up saying whether the water is classified as excellent, good, sufficient or poor.”

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10:12am Sat 1 Jun 13

jimpy0 says...

people have been swimming in the seas around our coast for centuries, blackpools waters were considered dirtywhen these water quality schemes wernt even thought about but we still swam and still will.
people have been swimming in the seas around our coast for centuries, blackpools waters were considered dirtywhen these water quality schemes wernt even thought about but we still swam and still will. jimpy0

12:19pm Sat 1 Jun 13

juanbbien says...

In the fifties raw sewage was pumped into the sea from tunnels below the promenade people just ignored it and still went for a dip,looking back it wasn't a good idea
In the fifties raw sewage was pumped into the sea from tunnels below the promenade people just ignored it and still went for a dip,looking back it wasn't a good idea juanbbien

1:01pm Sat 1 Jun 13

shytalk says...

Raw sewage is being spread onto the fields around the Ribble valley as existing sewage plants can not cope with all the new developments. Guess where it finishes up?
Raw sewage is being spread onto the fields around the Ribble valley as existing sewage plants can not cope with all the new developments. Guess where it finishes up? shytalk

3:31pm Sat 1 Jun 13

elementary says...

I thought it was illegal to spread untreated sewage?
And why is this story about Blackpool relevant to The Westmorland Gazette - we have our own beaches (mud flats?)
locally.
I thought it was illegal to spread untreated sewage? And why is this story about Blackpool relevant to The Westmorland Gazette - we have our own beaches (mud flats?) locally. elementary

6:38pm Sat 1 Jun 13

TwoHat says...

You don't so much swim there, as go through the motions . . .
You don't so much swim there, as go through the motions . . . TwoHat

7:19pm Sat 1 Jun 13

Moonbase says...

That is the problem when you live in an effluented area.
That is the problem when you live in an effluented area. Moonbase

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