Coastal Officer in Burnham will offset impact of EU sea water
of pounds of funding has been secured for a new Coastal Officer
to be based in Burnham who will promote local beaches to tourists
and offset the impact of new EU sea water regulations.
talks have been held this week around improving Burnham-On-Sea's
sea water quality ahead of the new stringent EU sea water regulations
coming into force later this year that it's feared could hit local
latest in a series of meetings involving representatives from
the Environment Agency, DEFRA, Sedgemoor District Council, Natural
England and the Town Council (pictured right) was held in Burnham
this week where the new funding was discussed.
resident Ken Smout, who attended on behalf of the Town Council,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Funding
has been secured for a new Coastal Officer to be based in Burnham
who will help to actively promote our beaches and oversee local
environmental issues. I think this is a very positive step forward
to help our area."
also have a leaflet drop planned for later this year to outline
to local residents and businesses how they can help to reduce
pollution in rivers and the sea."
added: "A two-pronged approach is being taken - first to
deal with the problem, and we are already seeing improvements
at the Highbridge water treatment plant, and secondly to better
promote the issue and what can be done locally."
groups are meeting regularly and positive discussions have been
held about how we can jointly address the issue."
change to EU policy back in 2006 has meant that the current classification
of bathing water will soon change to a more demanding set of criteria.
change means that sea water off Burnham might fall below the new
standards unless improvements are made across the Rivers Brue
and Parrett catchment areas.