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Summer Study to look at Water Quality in Scarborough South Bay and Wider Area

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 06:00

By Matthew Pells and Anttoni James Numminen, Local Democracy Reporter

A study looking at the causes of the poor water quality in Scarborough's South bay will look at data from the wider area.

As investigations in the to the cause of the poor bathing water quality in Scarborough's South Bay continue, one Scarborough councillor is calling for the study to look at implications for the North Bay as well.

Scarborough’s South Bay has been blighted by a ‘poor’ rating for bathing water quality from the Environment Agency.

Local businesses have warned that failure to address the situation speedily could impact visitor numbers and the local economy.

Concerns have also been raised that the coastal pollution is not just limited to the South Bay.

Northstead councillor - Eric Broadbent - thinks both bays need monitoring.

A Water quality summit was held last week involving the council, environment agency and Yorkshire Water.

The chair of North Yorkshire Council's local area committee - Councillor Liz Colling - says a study this summer will look at both the South and North Bays.

The Scarborough and Whitby area constituency committee agreed that public transparency was important and that there would be “further discussion” on how to proceed.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has said that with funding from partners, it will carry out “much more detailed investigative work at Scarborough South Bay” this summer using a number of different microbiological techniques.

Yorkshire Water’s chief executive Nicola Shaw has also said the company will invest around £180m in reducing sewage leaks from storm overflows.

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