Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch beaches praised in the Good Beach Guide

Bournemouth Echo: Enjoy a dip in the sea with confidence after bathing water is praised Enjoy a dip in the sea with confidence after bathing water is praised

DORSET beach-goers can enjoy a dip in the sea with confidence this summer, after more of the area’s beach waters earned a recommendation in the annual Good Beach Guide.

All of Bournemouth’s beaches, except Boscombe Pier, received the top “recommended” rating from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Boscombe Pier was recommended last year but this year received a second-tier “guideline” ranking. This means it achieved “higher” water quality standards, rather than the “excellent” standards needed to be recommended.

There was a clean sweep in Poole, with beaches from Rockley Sands to Branksome Chine all being recommended.

And there were recommendations all round in Christchurch too, including at Highcliffe and Avon Beach, where water quality had improved from last year.

In Purbeck, Kimmeridge Bay achieved a recommendation after failing tests last year. The only local beach not to receive the top accolade was Swanage Central, which achieved a third-tier “mandatory” rating. This means it met minimum water quality standards.

The MCS said that last year’s dry summer – the driest since 2003 – had led to a record number of UK bathing beaches achieving its top award.

MCS coastal pollution officer Rachel Wyatt said she hoped the latest figures would be a boost to UK tourism.

“It’s great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality and it shows just how good British beaches can be,” she said.

“The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather. Most people don't realise what a big impact the weather can have on bathing water quality, but this has really been highlighted in the last few years.”

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11:15am Tue 15 Apr 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

But will local beaches meet the new regulations being brought in by the EU which are up to twice as strict as current requirements regarding water quality?
But will local beaches meet the new regulations being brought in by the EU which are up to twice as strict as current requirements regarding water quality? The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 2

11:30am Tue 15 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
But will local beaches meet the new regulations being brought in by the EU which are up to twice as strict as current requirements regarding water quality?
Well if not the the EU can bugger off to their own beaches
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: But will local beaches meet the new regulations being brought in by the EU which are up to twice as strict as current requirements regarding water quality?[/p][/quote]Well if not the the EU can bugger off to their own beaches BarrHumbug
  • Score: -4

11:31am Tue 15 Apr 14

jobsworthwatch says...

Looking a bit dodgy for the 'Coastal Activity Centre then? How embarrassing for BBC especially if Boscombe doesn't meet the new EU regs!
Looking a bit dodgy for the 'Coastal Activity Centre then? How embarrassing for BBC especially if Boscombe doesn't meet the new EU regs! jobsworthwatch
  • Score: 1

11:32am Tue 15 Apr 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
But will local beaches meet the new regulations being brought in by the EU which are up to twice as strict as current requirements regarding water quality?
Well if not the the EU can bugger off to their own beaches
You're a victim of right wing media!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: But will local beaches meet the new regulations being brought in by the EU which are up to twice as strict as current requirements regarding water quality?[/p][/quote]Well if not the the EU can bugger off to their own beaches[/p][/quote]You're a victim of right wing media! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 2

11:33am Tue 15 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

So, the water is a bit crap near the Coastal Ridiculous Activity Park then. That figures....
So, the water is a bit crap near the Coastal Ridiculous Activity Park then. That figures.... speedy231278
  • Score: -1

11:35am Tue 15 Apr 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
Looking a bit dodgy for the 'Coastal Activity Centre then? How embarrassing for BBC especially if Boscombe doesn't meet the new EU regs!
They've spent 12 million here and the waters not up to scratch!
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: Looking a bit dodgy for the 'Coastal Activity Centre then? How embarrassing for BBC especially if Boscombe doesn't meet the new EU regs![/p][/quote]They've spent 12 million here and the waters not up to scratch! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Tue 15 Apr 14

live-and-let-live says...

when will the swimming charges be introduced?
when will the swimming charges be introduced? live-and-let-live
  • Score: 1

12:43pm Tue 15 Apr 14

KitKatPuss says...

Why can't we just be thankful we live in a lovely area with accessible, clean and scenic beaches? Some people never visit a beach.
Why can't we just be thankful we live in a lovely area with accessible, clean and scenic beaches? Some people never visit a beach. KitKatPuss
  • Score: 7

1:53pm Tue 15 Apr 14

uberbloke says...

Right, IGNORE the echo blah blah blah and go to the source....

http://www.mcsuk.org
/

And read the report/their comments for yourselves...

OK, done that?

So here is a multiple choice question...

Is the improvement in water quality at our beaches due to...

A) an unusual dry spell prior to testing which meant less pollution carrying water flowing off the land and into the sea resulting in the low readings

Or...

B) something else.

Clue (A)

Finally a quote "“The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather." Read into that what you will!
Right, IGNORE the echo blah blah blah and go to the source.... http://www.mcsuk.org / And read the report/their comments for yourselves... OK, done that? So here is a multiple choice question... Is the improvement in water quality at our beaches due to... A) an unusual dry spell prior to testing which meant less pollution carrying water flowing off the land and into the sea resulting in the low readings Or... B) something else. Clue (A) Finally a quote "“The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather." Read into that what you will! uberbloke
  • Score: 13

3:36pm Tue 15 Apr 14

smhinto says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
when will the swimming charges be introduced?
Exactly, it is only a matter of time i'm sure. Next it will be a toll for walking down a public footpath!! Anything to extract more money from the public purse.
.
Perhaps charging for breathing in fresh air will incur some form of charge in the forseeable future.
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: when will the swimming charges be introduced?[/p][/quote]Exactly, it is only a matter of time i'm sure. Next it will be a toll for walking down a public footpath!! Anything to extract more money from the public purse. . Perhaps charging for breathing in fresh air will incur some form of charge in the forseeable future. smhinto
  • Score: -1

4:02pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Gary Sherborne says...

the number of combined sewage overflows CSO's that hit the sea along the boscombe beach/car park stretch of the seafront which the council lease from the Meyrick Estate might have something to do with ever changing risks. Surfers Against Sewage website explains more about how to use the sea in areas close to CSO's.

http://www.wessexwat
er.co.uk/water-and-s
ewerage/coastwatch.a
spx
the number of combined sewage overflows CSO's that hit the sea along the boscombe beach/car park stretch of the seafront which the council lease from the Meyrick Estate might have something to do with ever changing risks. Surfers Against Sewage website explains more about how to use the sea in areas close to CSO's. http://www.wessexwat er.co.uk/water-and-s ewerage/coastwatch.a spx Gary Sherborne
  • Score: -1

4:07pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Gary Sherborne says...

http://www.sas.org.u
k/campaign/combined-
sewage-overflows/
http://www.sas.org.u k/campaign/combined- sewage-overflows/ Gary Sherborne
  • Score: -1

12:17am Wed 16 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

So this is results for last year,this year it's full of bacteria from the climate change led extreme weather wet winter.

Doomed I tell you.
So this is results for last year,this year it's full of bacteria from the climate change led extreme weather wet winter. Doomed I tell you. anotherfatslob
  • Score: 0

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