on Burnham-On-Sea beach is 'harmless algae'
Environment Agency has reassured beach users in Burnham-On-Sea
that a mystery brown substance being washed up along the town's
tideline this week is "a perfectly harmless algae."
Its comments come amid concerns that the unsightly substance,
which has been washed up on several high tides, could be sewage
beach walkers have got in contact with Burnham-On-Sea.com to express
their fears, but the Environment Agency says there is no need
Spokesman Paul Gainey said on Thursday: "Our team has investigated
and we can confirm the material is definitely a naturally-occurring
doesn't look very nice, but is harmless to beach users and there's
no need for people to be worried."
added: "Algae in one form or another is quite common along
the coastline during warmer weather at this time of year."
walker, Joyce McClaire, who is holidaying in the area from Gloucestershire,
first spotted the substance on Bank Holiday Monday.
She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was unpleasant to look
at and we were a little concerned about paddling while it was
there, but I'm relieved to hear it's not any cause for concern."
Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun said its Clean
Surroundings Team would clear away any rubbish or substances found
on the beach if they are reported to its council helpdesk.
Pictured: The unsightly algae on Burnham-On-Sea's beach this
week (click for high-res version)