Good news for Northumberland Beaches!
The Good Beach Guide has given a thumbs up to beaches in Tyneside and Northumberland. Almost a dozen beaches have been recommended for their excellent water quality. Beaches at Tynemouth, Whitley Bay, Druridge Bay North, Druridge Bay South, Amble Links, Warkworth, Beadnell Bay, Seahouses North and Bamburgh Castle have all received a recommendation. This means that the North East of England is the best performing region in the Good Beach Guide 2012, with 53 out of 64 beaches recommended by MCS for excellent water quality. This is a total of 83% and is 13% more than in 2011.
North East England beaches score well
This total of 83% is also the highest number for the North East since the guide began 25 years ago. The silver anniversary edition of the Good Beach Guide was launched this week by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). In total, more than 516 out of 754 UK beaches tested last summer have been given an excellent water quality. This summer will see the first samples taken under the revised Bathing Water Directive, which is replacing the present standards with far more stringent ones from 2015. The MCS is advising that local authorities, water companies and environmental regulators don’t become complacent and instead continue with environmental improvements.