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Improvement in Yorkshire Coast Bathing Water Quality

New data from the Environment Agency shows an increase in water quality in Scarborough and Flamborough.

The latest bathing water classification of Yorkshire’s beaches by the Environment Agency has revealed all achieved sufficient status for the first time since the introduction of the revised Bathing Water Directive in 2015.

The classifications for the 2021 bathing water season show Flamborough South Landing improved from ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’ and Scarborough South Bay improved from ‘Poor’ to ‘Sufficient’.

Overall, 16 beaches in the region achieved ’Good’ or ‘Excellent’ classifications.

  Year Classification
Bridlington North Beach 2021 Good
Bridlington South Beach 2021 Sufficient
Cayton Bay 2021 Excellent
Danes Dyke, Flamborough 2021 Excellent
Filey 2021 Good
Flamborough South Landing 2021 Excellent
Fraisthorpe 2021 Good
Hornsea 2021 Good
Reighton 2021 Excellent
Robin Hoods Bay 2021 Good
Runswick Bay 2021 Excellent
Sandsend 2021 Good
Scarborough North Bay 2021 Excellent
Scarborough South Bay 2021 Sufficient
Skipsea 2021 Good
Tunstall 2021 Closed
Whitby 2021 Excellent
Wilsthorpe 2021 Good
Withernsea 2021 Good

Geraldine Sewell, Coastal Delivery and Engagement Manager at Yorkshire Water, said:

“We know how important the coastline is to our customers and visitors to Yorkshire and these results are positive for the region.

“Improvements at Scarborough South Bay are the product of hard work from a variety of partners in the region. However, we know there is still more to do, and we will be working with partners locally to continue this critical work.

“Our ‘Do your bit’ campaign continues to protect and improve bathing waters. Encouraging everyone who visits our beaches to recycle plastics, put all litter in the bins and pick up after their dogs will contribute to improving our beaches further and help our coastal resorts continue to thrive.”

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