EU signs in Burnham warning against sea swimming are ignored
warning signs introduced in Burnham-On-Sea to advise visitors
not to swim in the 'poor quality sea water' following the introduction
of new EU regulations are already being ignored.
launch of the signs comes after stricter EU regulations were introduced,
leaving Burnham with a low score in terms of water quality.
has resulted in Burnham's annual summer Stert Island swim being
cancelled, as reported
here, ending a 15-year tradition, and last week Burnham missed
out on a Seaside Award because of the classification of our sea
while it is a legal requirement for the council to alert users
of the dangers posed by the water and the signs, pictured below,
some are already ignoring the guidance. Several
families were seen enjoying the high tide on Sunday evening and
took a paddle and a dip in the water.
Water has a multi-million pound project underway to improve sea
water quality in Burnham-On-Sea.
Burnham's recently-appointed Coastal Officer, Harriet Yates-Smith,
pictured below, is running an independent community campaign
called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset, led by the Severn Estuary
has been lots of positive interest - people really want to get
involved. Everyone wants to look after Burnham's beach. Bathing
water quality here really can be improved if everyone does their
little bit," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
is "encouraging people to consider and reduce their own impacts
on water quality" through campaigns against dog fouling,
littering and other pollution.
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Burnham-On-Sea beach was not eligible for a Seaside Award
because of the classification of its bathing waters."
"Burnham-On-Sea beach still achieves high standards with
regards to a clean, attractive and well managed beach."
spokesman for the Environment Agency said it is also "committed
to working hard with local partners to improve water quality"
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 standards - even though local people say the quality is
no worse now than it used to be.