15, 2017 Burnham-On-Sea
MP calls for improvements to 'poor'
sea water quality
MP James Heappey spoke in Parliament on Tuesday (November 14th)
when he called for a better understanding of what is causing the
towns bathing water to fall short of expected standards and
continue to be rated as poor.
Heappey said there have been "significant improvements"
over the past few years but is hoping for further progress as the
latest bathing water quality survey results announced this week
show sea water at Burnham jetty remains 'poor'.
said: "There is a good news story underneath this, in that
there have been significant improvements made on bathing water quality
at Burnham-On-Sea over the last few years."
Water is to be congratulated on the huge amount it has spent on
improving the sewerage systems throughout the catchment."
has also been an improvement in the behaviour of local residents,
businesses and the council - things like putting out better bins
so there are less seagulls and good practice from dog walkers on
the beach, which is great news."
the area we are still not quite there with is in understanding which
farmers within this enormous catchment are having the most impact
on the bathing water quality. I have been pushing Natural England
and the Environment Agency to understand that for some time now."
I think that some Ministerial support might be useful in making
sure that we do a full and accurate audit so we understand exactly
which farms are contributing to the bathing water quality challenge
as we have and that we can target the grants for improving farmyards
and waste water run off in a way that directly impacts on bathing
water in Burnham-On-Sea."
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