Water quality at Southend beaches revealed

Jubilee Beach in Southend

Jubilee Beach in Southend

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SIX of Southend’s beaches have won the official seal of approval for their water quality.

The Marine Conservation Society’s Good Beach Guide for 2014 grades Shoebury East Beach, Shoebury Common Beach, Thorpe Bay Beach, Three Shells Beach, Westcliff Beach and Chalkwell Beach as “recommended”.

Jubilee Beach and Bell Wharf, Leigh, are given a lesser, but still satisfactory grading confirming they are up to “mandatory” standards.

The guide’s publication will come as a boost after none of the town’s beaches achieved Keep Britain Tidy Blue Flag status last May.

The Environment Agency had also warned Chalkwell and Bell Wharf could fall foul of strict new EU rules on water quality, due to come in next year.

Scott Dolling, Southend Council’s acting head of economy, regeneration and tourism, said: “I am very pleased all of our beaches have passed Marine Conservation Society scrutiny, with six being recommended as having excellent water quality.

“Our beaches are absolutely vital to our tourism and the local economy and I hope local people and visitors will vote with their feet this spring and summer and visit our wonderful beaches and coastline.”

A total of 538 out of 734 UK beaches tested last summer have “recommended” status in the latest guide – 135 more than the previous year.

There were also fewer failures, with just 14 beaches failing to reach minimum water quality standards.

Marine Conservation Society coastal pollution officer RachelWyatt hopes the latest figures will boost domestic tourism.

Beaches were badly affected by several wet summers, which led to reduced water quality, because pollution ran into the sea from urban areas and overloaded sewers.

She said: “It’s great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality.

“It shows just how good British beaches can be.

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

For more details, visit good beachguide.co.uk

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4:24pm Sun 20 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

They pass but thats all.
They pass but thats all. jolllyboy
  • Score: -3

5:27pm Sun 20 Apr 14

crash19811 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
They pass but thats all.
Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: They pass but thats all.[/p][/quote]Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say. crash19811
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Mattster says...

crash19811 wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
They pass but thats all.
Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say.
I would like to see the quality of the water a few hours after a heavy thunderstorm in central London and the resulting raw sewage discharge has made its way to Southend.
[quote][p][bold]crash19811[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: They pass but thats all.[/p][/quote]Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say.[/p][/quote]I would like to see the quality of the water a few hours after a heavy thunderstorm in central London and the resulting raw sewage discharge has made its way to Southend. Mattster
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Sun 20 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i personally still wouldn't wish to go swimming and take a mouthful, some glorious early morning summer days the water in leigh/chalkwell does seem inviting at a full tide though, looks good enough on the eye.
i personally still wouldn't wish to go swimming and take a mouthful, some glorious early morning summer days the water in leigh/chalkwell does seem inviting at a full tide though, looks good enough on the eye. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Sun 20 Apr 14

LoopyLou88 says...

Lets all flock to the beach and swim amongst the **** and crap that accumulates in the sea.... mmmmm just what we all want to do swim in the sea thats full of skank! pretty sure I've seen dog's crap in the sea before
Lets all flock to the beach and swim amongst the **** and crap that accumulates in the sea.... mmmmm just what we all want to do swim in the sea thats full of skank! pretty sure I've seen dog's crap in the sea before LoopyLou88
  • Score: -4

11:00pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Mattster says...

LoopyLou88 wrote:
Lets all flock to the beach and swim amongst the **** and crap that accumulates in the sea.... mmmmm just what we all want to do swim in the sea thats full of skank! pretty sure I've seen dog's crap in the sea before
DogsMessInSea :)
[quote][p][bold]LoopyLou88[/bold] wrote: Lets all flock to the beach and swim amongst the **** and crap that accumulates in the sea.... mmmmm just what we all want to do swim in the sea thats full of skank! pretty sure I've seen dog's crap in the sea before[/p][/quote]DogsMessInSea :) Mattster
  • Score: 1

7:41am Mon 21 Apr 14

Grim Kandy says...

Mattster wrote:
crash19811 wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
They pass but thats all.
Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say.
I would like to see the quality of the water a few hours after a heavy thunderstorm in central London and the resulting raw sewage discharge has made its way to Southend.
I would rather see a sunset or wild animals playing in a field, but hey if sewage is your thing and that's what makes you happy, go for it :)
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crash19811[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: They pass but thats all.[/p][/quote]Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say.[/p][/quote]I would like to see the quality of the water a few hours after a heavy thunderstorm in central London and the resulting raw sewage discharge has made its way to Southend.[/p][/quote]I would rather see a sunset or wild animals playing in a field, but hey if sewage is your thing and that's what makes you happy, go for it :) Grim Kandy
  • Score: 0

8:47am Mon 21 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i just been down early today...water is in, beaches and seafront cleaned, it looked pretty good, still don't think i will be taking a dip though.
i just been down early today...water is in, beaches and seafront cleaned, it looked pretty good, still don't think i will be taking a dip though. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -1

9:23am Mon 21 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Grim Kandy wrote:
Mattster wrote:
crash19811 wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
They pass but thats all.
Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say.
I would like to see the quality of the water a few hours after a heavy thunderstorm in central London and the resulting raw sewage discharge has made its way to Southend.
I would rather see a sunset or wild animals playing in a field, but hey if sewage is your thing and that's what makes you happy, go for it :)
Watered down, by all the flood water, has diluted the real pollutant levels.
[quote][p][bold]Grim Kandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crash19811[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: They pass but thats all.[/p][/quote]Out of eight, six are recommended which is better than just 'passing' and recommended suggests excellent water quality. Two are mandatory which is satisfactory which is a pass as you say.[/p][/quote]I would like to see the quality of the water a few hours after a heavy thunderstorm in central London and the resulting raw sewage discharge has made its way to Southend.[/p][/quote]I would rather see a sunset or wild animals playing in a field, but hey if sewage is your thing and that's what makes you happy, go for it :)[/p][/quote]Watered down, by all the flood water, has diluted the real pollutant levels. CarnMountification
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Mon 21 Apr 14

jayman says...

combined sewer discharge + land run off... lovely
combined sewer discharge + land run off... lovely jayman
  • Score: 1

4:42pm Mon 21 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

jayman wrote:
combined sewer discharge + land run off... lovely
Glad you say so, as Shoeburyshyters already drink the filtered waters...
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: combined sewer discharge + land run off... lovely[/p][/quote]Glad you say so, as Shoeburyshyters already drink the filtered waters... CarnMountification
  • Score: 1

8:29am Tue 22 Apr 14

Happy Chickie says...

LoopyLou88 wrote:
Lets all flock to the beach and swim amongst the **** and crap that accumulates in the sea.... mmmmm just what we all want to do swim in the sea thats full of skank! pretty sure I've seen dog's crap in the sea before
Then keep your family at home.
[quote][p][bold]LoopyLou88[/bold] wrote: Lets all flock to the beach and swim amongst the **** and crap that accumulates in the sea.... mmmmm just what we all want to do swim in the sea thats full of skank! pretty sure I've seen dog's crap in the sea before[/p][/quote]Then keep your family at home. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 0

9:46am Tue 22 Apr 14

Father Jack Hackett says...

If there wasn't much rain in the few weeks prior to testing then the results will be better than average. If there was more than usual rain in the few weeks prior to testing then the results will be worse than average.
If there wasn't much rain in the few weeks prior to testing then the results will be better than average. If there was more than usual rain in the few weeks prior to testing then the results will be worse than average. Father Jack Hackett
  • Score: -3

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