More local beaches make the grade

Croyde has been included in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide, published today

Croyde has been included in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide, published today (Wednesday). - Credit: Archant

Good news for Croyde and Lynmouth, but Saunton loses place in this year’s Good Beach Guide.

MORE North Devon beaches have made this year’s Good Beach Guide – despite a national drop in water quality standards.

Croyde and Lynmouth made the grade this year along with Ilfracombe Tunnels, Combesgate Beach, Putsborough, Hartland Quay, and Westward Ho!, all of which retained their recommendations for excellent bathing water quality.

Saunton was the only local beach to lose its place in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) guide, published this week.

Other North Devon beaches tested achieved ‘guideline’ or ‘mandatory’ standards, while Instow was the only one to fail.

Nationally, 113 fewer beaches were recommended as excellent in what is being described as bad year for Britain’s bathing beaches.

The fall in standards is being blamed on the bad weather last summer, one of the wettest on record.

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Relentless rain and flooding in many parts of the country led to an increase in the amount of bacteria and viruses ending up in our bathing waters.

MCS coastal pollution officer, Rachel Wyatt, said: “There is no simple solution to sewage and animal waste reaching our seas.

“However if the water industry, communities and local authorities recognise that there is a problem and begin to work together to find answers then that would be a significant start.

“Action must be taken now. With stricter bathing water standards from 2015 and summers that appear to be getting wetter, the iconic image of people bathing off golden beaches could be at serious risk.”

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