May 26, 2011
Beach Guide praises bathing water in Burnham and Berrow
in Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow have scored well in the new edition
of the Good Beach Guide, which was published on Wednesday (May
The latest edition of the guide, from the Marine Conservation
Society, showed Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea beaches both have bathing
water quality that is up from 'basic' last year to 'recommended',
while Brean remains at 'basic'.
The news comes just a fortnight after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
here that Burnham and
Berrow beaches had both won Quality Coast Awards.
But it all could be different in the future. Stricter water quality
rules will come into force from 2015 and these will start to be
monitored from 2012.
Rachel Wyatt, MCS Coastal Protection Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"From 2015 Europe's beaches will be classified using even
stricter water quality standards due to the revision of the Bathing
"Instead of viewing these new standards with dread, our
coastal communities and water companies should welcome them as
an opportunity to attract more people to the UK's wonderful and
varied seaside resorts."
Monitoring for the new standards begins next year, and if a beach
consistently fails to meet these legal limits between then and
2015, bathers could be faced with a sign advising them not to
enter the water when they head to the beach.
Weston-Super-Mare's Sand Bay beach keeps its 'recommended' status
and the resort's Uphilll and main beach are still at 'basic',
but works are underway
to improve them.