Thumbs up for north Northumberland’s beaches

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

The silver anniversary edition of the Good Beach Guide, launched online today by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), has recommended 516 out of 754 UK bathing beaches tested last summer 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 – that’s 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 the latest figures will be a boost to UK tourism, but it’s not a reason for complacency.

“This is a milestone for coastal resorts to be proud of and shows the impact of the Guide over the last 25 years,” she said.

“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.

“If that happens we could see a drop in the number of beaches recommended by us in the future, which could pose a risk to the great reputation that British beaches have.”