Resort beaches get the top rating from annual seaside guide

Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea’s beaches have again been given the top rating for the quality of their bathing water by the annual Good Beach Guide.

In the 2013 guide, released by the Marine Conservation Society last week, both resorts were once again recognised as ‘recommended’ for their excellent sea water quality.

This year the MCS recommended fewer beaches after last summer, one of the UK’s wettest on record, led to increased of bacteria and viruses washing into our seas.

This year just over half of UK 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.

Lincolnshire was the only county in the country to be given a 100 per cent recommended status for all of its beaches.

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 was great news just ahead of what we hoped 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,” she added.

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 this kind of water pollution is near impossible to see even when you’re swimming in it.