rules prompt new guidance on swimming and paddling in Burnham
new guide has been unveiled this week to explain which areas of
Burnham-On-Sea's coastline are deemed safe for swimming and paddling
under strict new EU regulations.
Coastal Officer, Harriet Yates-Smith, who is running a campaign
called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset, led by the Severn Estuary
Partnership, has launched the new leaflets.
are available to download here and printed copies will also
be distributed from Burnham's Tourist Information Centre and other
launch of the leaflets and new
seafront signs comes after new EU regulations came into force
this month, leaving Burnham with a low score for its sea water
Harriet, pictured right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Some
people are confused about the new regulations, so the leaflets
are aimed at informing people about the changes to bathing water
standards and explain where they can go for a safe dip in the
sea or a paddle."
The leaflet also contains information about where dogs
can be walked on local beaches, with guidance about where you
can dispose of litter to help keep the beach clean
a friendly, approachabled, informative guide that's aimed at residents
leaflets are being produced with the support of Sedgemoor District
Council, Wessex Water, the Environment Agency and Severn Estuary
is a legal requirement for the council to alert users to the dangers
posed by the water - and the leaflets are part of the communication
EU's poor sea water classification has resulted in Burnham's
annual summer Stert Island swim being cancelled, ending a
15-year tradition. Last week Burnham
missed out on a Seaside Award because of the classification.
new leaflets will also be available at this Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea
Food and Drink Festival where a 'Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset'
stand will also show residents how to reduce pollution through
proper food waste disposal.
water quality here really can be improved if everyone does their
little bit," added Harriet. "There has been lots of
positive interest - people really want to get involved. Everyone
wants to look after Burnham's beach."
Jetty North was one of 10 beaches across the UK that were previously
regarded as safe but are now deemed unsuitable for swimming under
the new EU standards - even though local people say the quality
is no worse now than it used to be.
Download a free copy of the new leaflet by clicking here