Environment Secretary Liz Truss made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Friday (February 6th) when she pledged to hold top-level talks with the Environment Agency after hearing how new EU sea water regulations could hit the town’s tourism trade.

The Minister met James Heappey, Burnham’s Conservative parliamentary candidate, to discuss the impact of the EU’s sea water regulations which could lead to a beach swimming ban in the town this year.

After hearing concerns from Mr Heappey and Burnham Chamber of Trade, Mrs Truss pledged to take up the matter within government.

“It’s a fantastic town and really good to see what’s on offer. I’ll go back to the office and discuss this issue with the Environment Agency so we can work together on a good plan for the future,” she told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

The Minister also discussed concerns about National Grid’s proposals to install a controversial line of power pylons from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth. She also expressed interest in a proposed tidal lagoon across Bridgwater Bay to generate power. Mr Heappey said he was pleased by the “positive meeting.”

Liz Truss hearing the sea water concerns during a visit to Burnham jetty

The Minister walking along the seafront with Mr Heappey during Friday’s visit