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Cornwall's Beaches Better Than Ever

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6:01am 15th April 2014

Cornwall's beaches are officially among the best in Britain.

A new report reveals not one failed water quality checks.

In fact places like Summerleaze at Bude and Wherry Town at Mounts Bay which did not pass last year are now officially "recommended" by the Marine Conservation Society.

That puts them in The Good Beach Guide along with around seventy others in the Duchy - including Sennen, Watergate Bay and Kingsand.

It is being put down to last summer's sunshine reducing the amount of pollutants being washed off land and sewer overflows.

Coastal Pollution Officer, Rachel Wyatt, says she hopes the latest figures will be a boost to tourism after several previously wet summers which led to a drop in bathing water quality: "It's great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality and it shows just how good British beaches can be.

"The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather."

Next May new water quality standards are brought in that are around twice as stringent as current guidelines.

That could mean some featured in this year's Good Beach Guide have signs put up, warning people not to bathe.

That is provoking anger from local businesses, which say the changes should be brought in gradually.

 

You can see how your local beach does in the 2014 guide here.

Good beach guide 2014

Good beach guide 2014

Good beach guide 2014

6:01am 15th April 2014

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