Yarmouth beaches make the grade

BEACHES in the Great Yarmouth area were successful in meeting the EU's sea bathing water standards even though fewer beaches met the guidelines nationally.

BEACHES in the Great Yarmouth area were successful in meeting the EU's sea bathing water standards even though fewer beaches met the guidelines nationally.

Sea Palling, Hemsby, Caister Point, Great Yarmouth north and pier and Yarmouth South all met the higher guideline standard for levels of faecal bacteria in the water, while Gorleston beach met a lower EU mandatory standard, based on Environment Agency tests.

Nationally, just 64.7pc of the UK's public beaches met the European “guideline” standard for bathing water quality compared to 71.3pc last year, according to a report by the Department for the Environment, Food and rural Affairs (Defra).

EA scientists monitor bathing water quality by taking 20 samples from each of Britain's bathing beaches between May 1 and September 30 each year.


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Of the UK's 547 beaches, 95pc met mandatory standards this year.

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