Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Beaches fit for the summer holidays

Families can head to the seaside in the South East with peace of mind this summer, after the latest European Environment Agency (EAA) and European Commission Bathing Water Report  analysed 22,000 locations around the EU.

Catherine Bearder MEP for South-East England welcomed the news after it give a clean bill of health to almost all the South East’s beaches.

Catherine said: “The standard of beaches in the UK and the South East has improved immeasurably. We understand the importance of looking after our shorelines for the environment, as well as for the economies of our seaside towns. The South East is leading the way when it comes to keeping Europe’s beaches clean, tidy and safe to use.”

Bathing water in Europe needs to comply with standards set in the EU 2006 Bathing Water Directive, which must be implemented by December 2014.

Local Campaigner James Nelson welcome the news saying: “I am pleased to note the high quality bathing waters in Europe , particularly those in Sussex. Bathing water quality  remains high, and has improved since last year. Lancing Beach is now meeting the highest standards for water quality, while Worthing continues to meet the highest standards. Southwick despite its close proximity to Shoreham Harbour still meets the minimum standards. We must continue working to ensure our waters are appropriate for all legitimate uses – from bathing to drinking – and ensure that the overall aquatic ecosystem is in good health.”

The following reports show the 2010 European Bathing Water report for 2010 and the 2012 bathing water profile for; Lancing , Southwick and Worthing.