Clean bill of health

BEACHES in north Northumberland have received a thumbs-up for their bathing water quality.

Data released by the Environment Agency on Tuesday showed that the beaches at Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell Low Newton, Warkworth, Amble Links and Druridge Bay all reached the required safety standards this year.

However Low Newton was one of only three beaches in the North East not to reach the more stringent guideline standards.

Simon Firth, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said that the results showed how bathing water has improved, but there is still more work to do.

“We have worked with a range of people from farmers to big business to tackle pollution and ensure that beaches in the North East are something to be proud of,” he said.

“But new, stricter standards will come into force in 2015, and we are working with water companies, farmers, local authorities and beach managers to tackle persistent sources of pollution and make sure that as many beaches as possible pass these standards.”