pledges to help Burnham improve its 'poor' EU sea water grade
MEP says she is confident the town can improve its sea water quality
rating after it was officially given a low grading last week under
new EU bathing water standards.
we first reported last week, a tourism
fightback is underway after the EU gave Burnham a 'poor' sea water
grade the long-expected announcement came that bathing water
standards at Burnham Jetty have been rated 'poor' while Berrow
is classed as 'good' and Brean 'excellent'.
Julie Girling, pictured
with MP James Heappey on Burnham beach, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "Whilst this new grading for Burnhams water
quality is disappointing it is unfortunately not unexpected. European
standards for water quality have been made tougher in order to
benefit those using bathing water."
"There has been massive investment by Wessex Water to help
improve bathing water in this area and I will continue to work
with local MP James Heappey and others to ensure that Burnham
meets the higher standards in future."
"Given the actions already taken we would expect to see
significant improvements in the next couple of years."
MP James Heappey added: "I know that a great deal of investment
has already been made and all are clear on what must be done.
I have every confidence that they will continue in their work
and that Burnham will meet the standards in the future."
this is a blow for Burnham and local residents and businesses
will expect progress to be quick and no stone left unturned so
that this is put right as soon as possible. Whilst I accept that
the quality of the water has not deteriorated this is purely
the consequence of a change in classification by the EU
we cannot hide behind that."
has always been a fantastic place to come on holiday, tens of
thousands of families do so every year and they have a great time
whilst theyre here. But
reputations can be lost quickly and so we must accelerate our
efforts to make sure that this grade is improved and Burnham remains
a fantastic place to come on holiday for centuries to come."
is being done to improve the town's sea water quality. We first
reported last week that a new
coastal community officer is to be appointed to help Burnham improve
its sea water quality alongside other projects.
Wessex Water has a project
of major work underway at Highbridge's water treatment plant
to improve local sea water quality.
this year the Environment Agency installed a sea
quality warning sign on Burnham jetty to display the latest
water standards to act as guidance.