Beaches at Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea have been rated as the top-level ‘recommended’ for the quality of their bathing water by the 2013 Good Beach Guide, released today.
In the guide, released by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), both resorts were once again recognised for their excellent sea water quality.
This year the MCS recommended fewer beaches after last summer,one of the UK’s wettest summers on record, led to an increased amount of bacteria and viruses washing into our seas.
This year just over half of UK bathing beaches passed, a drop of over 100 on the previous year.
MCS recommended only 403 of the 754 UK bathing beaches tested in 2012 as having excellent water quality. That’s just over half, and 113 fewer beaches than were recommended last year.
But Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea as well as nearby Anderby and Moggs Eye all come ‘recommended’.
East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for economic regeneration, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “This is yet another important acknowledgement for beaches along the coast and the wider tourism offer. “It really is great news just ahead of what we hope will be a busy Easter weekend for many.
“The Lincolnshire coast remains one of the most visited places in the UK and this is yet another reason why people should visit.”
MCS coastal pollution officer, Rachel Wyatt, added: “We have recommended fewer beaches in every English region and in Wales and Scotland.
“In England, the north west and south west were hit particularly hard, with the fewest number of recommended beaches for at least a decade.
“Action must be taken now. With stricter bathing water standards from 2015 and summers that appear to be getting wetter, the iconic image of people bathing off golden beaches could be at serious risk.”
In the last year MCS says it has seen a number of promising local partnerships working together to identify problems and starting to try and fix them.
However, MCS says that in too many places there is still an out of sight, out of mind mentality because you just can’t see this kind of water pollution even when you’re swimming in it.