New bathing sites designated

27 new bathing water sites have been designated across England.

The new sites will immediately receive water quality monitoring.

Following a public consultation, the new sites will be designated ahead of the 2024 bathing season which runs between 15 May and 30 September.

The addition will bring the total number of sites to 451.

The new additions include Church Cliff Beach in Dorset, Derwent Water in Cumbria, the River Dart in Devon and the River Nidd in North Yorkshire.

The Environment Agency regularly monitors water quality at designated bathing water sites and assesses whether action is needed to cut pollution levels.

There will also be a consultation later this year on proposals to reform the Bathing Water Regulations for England. Proposals will include increasing monitoring outside of the bathing water season and preventing automatic de-designation of existing bathing water sites.

Water minister Robbie Moore said: "The value our bathing waters bring to local communities is incredibly valuable – providing social, physical and positive health and wellbeing benefits to people around the country – and I am pleased to have approved a further 27 new bathing water sites for this year.

"These popular swimming spots will now undergo regular monitoring to ensure bathers have up-to-date information on the quality of the water and enable action to be taken if minimum standards aren’t being met.

"I am fully committed to seeing the quality of our coastal waters, rivers and lakes rise further for the benefit of the environment and everyone who uses them."

Environment Agency chair Alan Lovell said: "The importance of England’s bathing waters for residents and visitors alike cannot be understated, which is why the Environment Agency provides rigorous testing to ensure that bathers can make informed decisions before swimming in one of our 451 sites."


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