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Wirral beaches recognised by Good Beach Guide

17th April 2013

Categories: News

The only three beaches in the North West to achieve the highest ‘recommended’ rating in this year’s Good Beach Guide are all in Wirral.

The latest Good Beach Guide was published on 3rd April by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and lists Moreton, Meols and Red Rocks in Hoylake, as ‘recommended’ based on testing carried out on water quality.

A further five Wirral beaches - New Brighton, Wallasey, Leasowe, Thurstaston and West Kirby – were all rated as ‘mandatory’, meaning they at least met the minimum standard of water quality specified by the Marine Conservation Society.

Nationally, the number of beaches around the country rated as recommended fell by 113 – that’s 403 of the 754 UK bathing beaches tested in 2012 – which the MCS puts down to last summer being one of the wettest on record. Persistent rain and flooding can lead to an increase in the amount of bacteria and viruses ending up in bathing waters.

Despite that, the beaches at Moreton, Meols and Hoylake, maintained the highest standards of water quality and no Wirral beach failed to meet the minimum standards, which is testimony to the hard work that goes into protecting the local environment by a range of individuals and organisations in Wirral.

Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: “The fact that three of Wirral's bathing beaches have received the highest water quality results yet again is fantastic. It is particularly impressive given that other parts of the region and the country have seen a reduction in their water quality because of contamination. That we haven’t been similarly affected is a reflection of Wirral Council's commitment to water quality.

“Beach cleaning operations are regularly undertaken by council staff, supported by the teams of volunteers that work with the Parks and Countryside Rangers throughout the year. Officers from the Council’s Environmental Health division also regular take water samples over the summer to provide the public and our partners with evidence of the water quality of our beaches and we have an excellent working relationship with the Environment Agency, utility companies and other local businesses.

“Wirral is blessed with a unique and beautiful coastline and we all recognise what an attraction and asset our beaches are.”

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