Cornwall beaches under scrutiny of new regulations
Problems facing a beach in Cornwall which is at risk of failing new European bathing water standards are to be discussed at a public meeting today.
Almost 200 beaches in the South West are monitored during the bathing water season and the Environment Agency has estimated 20 may fall short of these new tougher standards. The agency is in the process of implementing the revised Bathing Water Directive, which will introduce higher standards from 2015.
"Bathing water quality has improved significantly over the past two decades but more needs to be done by water companies, businesses, farmers, local authorities and communities to help at risk bathing waters pass the new standards," said Jonathan Ponting, bathing water project manager for the Environment Agency in the South West. "Community organisations are joining us in organising these events, which are being designed to inform people about how we sample bathing waters, explaining the possible sources of pollution and solutions, and the actions we would like people to take."
Readymoney cove, at Fowey on the south Cornwall coast, is one of those deemed to be at risk of failing the new regulations.
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The issues will be discussed at a meeting at Fowey Town Hall, between 10am and 1pm today.