“They are beaches where holidaymakers have swum happily for years, and many families may be heading for a refreshing dip in these last few weeks of summer.
But when tourists return to 25 of England’s beaches next year, they are likely to be confronted with signs advising them to stay out of the water – even though the seas are cleaner than ever.
New EU bathing water regulations that raise the ‘pass mark’ for beaches around Europe are expected to deem the sites unfit for swimming – due to sewage, agricultural waste, and even donkey and pigeon poo.
Despite the unpalatable list of pollutants, disclosed in new data from the Environment Agency, critics of the EU rules insist the waters are safe and fear the new signs could unfairly harm tourism to much-loved beaches, including picturesque parts of Devon and Cornwall.
Coastal towns around the country are now making last-ditch efforts to improve their water quality and try to avoid being blacklisted, as the EA carries out tests over the summer.”
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