Good Beach Guide puts Welsh bathing water quality at highest in 25 years
Published: 3rd May 2012 07:21:43
The number of Welsh beaches with excellent bathing water has risen by 20% to its highest number in 25 years, says an environmental charity.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Good Beach Guide found 121 of 152 tested last summer reached the standard.
Two beaches - Llandudno west shore in Conwy and Pwllgwaelod in Pembrokeshire - did not meet minimum EU standards.
Dr Lou Luddington of MCS said the figures were a boost to tourism.
Last year's guide found 92 Welsh beaches had excellent bathing water quality, and 11 failed to meet minimum EU standards.
The previous year MCS tested more beaches - 169 - with 94 being rated as excellent for water quality and 10 beaches failing to make the standard.
The fact that there are so many beaches with great water quality to choose from can only be a good thing for tourism in Wales”
Wales' total is the best since the Good Beach Guide began 25 years ago. The nation has fared well in this year's guide in comparison to other parts of the UK.
In Scotland just 45 out of 110 (41%) bathing waters were recommended - 5% fewer than the previous year.
MCS said it found water quality in the north west of England "worryingly low".
Dr Luddington, MCS's Welsh projects officer, said the results, the best in the guide's 25-year history, marked a "milestone for coastal resorts in Wales to be proud of."
"It's great news for Wales," she said.
"With many people choosing to stay at home for their annual holiday, the fact that there are so many beaches with great water quality to choose from can only be a good thing for tourism in Wales."
However she warned local agencies in Wales against complacency.
"This summer will see the first samples taken under the revised Bathing Water Directive which will replace the current standards with far more stringent ones from 2015," she said.
"It's really important that local authorities, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Environment Agency Wales don't become complacent and take their collective 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 Welsh beaches have."
MCS said it hoped that plans by the Green Sea Partnership, which includes the Welsh government, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Environment Agency Wales, local authorities and MCS, would lead to further improvements in bathing water quality.
Twelve new beaches were designated officially recognised bathing waters by the Welsh government because of their popularity with swimmers, said MCS.
The beaches must meet legal minimum standards for bathing water quality, with a legislative incentive for investment if any improvements are needed.
Dr Luddington said beach owners whose beaches are not designated, but are popular with bathers, should consider applying for designation.
At 09:59:11 in EnglandA convicted robber who went missing from an open prison in Suffolk has been arrested in London.
At 09:52:53 in SportPakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire this season as an overseas limited-overs signing.
At 09:49:39 in BusinessThe UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the £115.1bn amount it borrowed the previous year.
At 09:48:40 in SportJersey Scottish ended their Jersey Premiership season with a comfortable 6-0 win over third-placed Jersey Wanderers at the Hockey Club.
At 09:47:50 in EnglandGloucestershire County Council is to review the decision to charge elderly and disabled people who use buses at peak times.
At 09:38:55 in ScotlandA Hawick man has appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court accused of rape.
At 09:38:50 in HeadlinesA senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, security officials say.
At 09:36:04 in EnglandA fire brigade in Somerset does not have a written emergency plan to deal with flooding, a union has claimed.
At 09:35:24 in SportPlymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan has been hospitalised after falling ill at training on Tuesday.
At 09:35:05 in HeadlinesAustralia has said it will not abandon the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, insisting that the cost of the operation is not a concern.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Good Beach Guide puts Welsh bathing water quality at highest in 25 years [Online] (Updated 3rd May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1426187/Good-Beach-Guide-puts-Welsh-bathing-water-quality-at-highest-in-25-years [Accessed 23rd Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
The South Western Ambulance Service has "failed to deliver the performance required" in answering weekend calls to the South West NHS 111 number, its chief executive has admitted.
A convicted robber who went missing from an open prison in Suffolk has been arrested in London.
A meeting to determine how the internet should be governed gets underway in Sao Paulo, Brazil later.
A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, security officials say.
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have released two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com