We are disappointed with the news that Staithes, Newhaven and Lyme Regis Church have been de-designated as bathing waters by the government. Staithes and Lyme Regis Church are both classified as having poor water quality. As a direct result, these communities will be robbed of the opportunity to benefit from the much needed environmental improvements.
We will be challenging the Staithes de-designation decision with the Environment Minister as the charity believes the local authority have submitted incomplete survey data and the beach user data submitted demonstrates significant numbers of people use the water and need the protecting of the EU Bathing Water Directive. The local authority beach users survey details an estimated 44,160 people using the beach during the bathing season with 2, 484 going in the sea for a paddle and a further 276 swimming. We believe these people need protecting from harmful water borne pathogens and the community needs to be able to embrace and enhance this valuable resource.
If SAS supporters believe there are significant numbers of water surest at Lyme Regis Church or Newhaven please contact the charity at [email protected] or 01872 553001
De-designating beaches allows regulators and local authorities to ignore the pollution problems at beaches and robs communities of further environmental improvements.
Andy Cummins, SAS Campaigns Director