Silver praise for best beaches

SEVEN north Northumberland beaches have been recommended for their excellent water quality.

The silver anniversary edition of the Good Beach Guide, launched last week by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), has recommended 516 out of 754 UK bathing beaches tested as having excellent water quality – including Druridge Bay North, Druridge Bay South, Amble Links, Warkworth, Beadnell Bay, Seahouses North and Bamburgh Castle.

And the North East is the best performing region in the Good Beach Guide 2012, with 53 out of 64 (83 per cent) beaches recommended by MCS for excellent water quality – 13 per cent more than last year and the highest number in the region in the Guide’s 25-year history.

MCS coastal pollution officer, Rachel Wyatt, said: “This is a milestone for coastal resorts to be proud of and shows the impact of the Guide over the last 25 years.

“However, this summer will see the first samples taken under the revised Bathing Water Directive which will replace the current standards with far more stringent ones from 2015.

“It’s really important that local authorities, water companies and environmental regulators don’t become complacent and take their collective feet off the pedal of continued environmental improvements.”