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WATCH: More Cornish beaches to get special status?

WATCH: More Cornish beaches to get special status?

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:02am 19th March 2017. (Updated at 4:32pm 19th March 2017)

Eight beaches in Cornwall could be named 'safe swimming spots' following a new consultation.

DEFRA is asking for our thoughts on the Council's plan to make another eight designated bathing waters.

They would join the 81 beaches across the Duchy which have already secured the special status.

It means samples are taken to collate data on the quality of the bathing water.

South Fistral in Newquay, Gwenver near Sennen and Godrevy near Hayle are among those that could be added to the list.

Kelly Edwards is from Sea Spray cafe at South Fistral and reckons it could give their area a real boost.

She said: "I think it would bring people down this end and make people know this end is worth coming down to, because a lot of people when they think of North Fistral, but why not come to this end as well?

"It is just as beautiful and more quiet, which is nice when people come down on holiday, they don't want to be pushed into a corner when it's all crowded and all that.

"We have a section of our beach right in front of us that is surrounded by rocks, so a lot of families use that so their kids can't run off.

"So having clean bathing waters right in front of that will be fantastic and will bring more people this way - I think it will really make this side of Fistral something that it is worth."

The Council is now urging beach users to get involved in the DEFRA bathing waters in Cornwall consultation.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council cabinet member for housing and environment, said: "We have been pro-active in requesting that these beaches be designated as we feel it is important that people who use them are given a more informed choice about whether they go into the water based on reliable information about its quality.

"If, as a result of this consultation, DEFRA decides that the seas at these beaches are classed as designated bathing waters, then these 8 sites, along with the other 80 plus sites in Cornwall, will have regular water samples taken throughout the summer which will be analysed by the Environment Agency.

"This will enable each site to be given a classification so not only will beach users know about water quality, but we will be able to help ensure that standards are maintained or push for action if, for any reason, the water quality does not meet stringent international criteria.

"I encourage beach users and anybody who uses these bathing waters to give their feedback to DEFRA via their website, email or by post."

Included in the proposal are:

  • Booby's Bay, near St Merryn
  • Godrevy, The Towans, Hayle
  • Gwenver, Whitesands Bay, Sennen
  • Northcott Mouth, near Bude
  • South Fistral, Newquay
  • Mexico Towan, Hayle
  • Tregonhawke, Whitsand Bay
  • Upton Towan, Hayle

The consultation runs until 12 April 2017 and you can read more or ffind it online here.

Check out Cornwall's stunning beaches here...

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