Fylde coast’s waters slammed

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THE race is on to stop the Fylde coast’s beaches being blacklisted.

Blackpool’s main beaches and the sea at St Annes have been slammed by the Good Beach Guide – and it is not for the first time.

Now, the resorts face a race against time to clean up their act – or face having their bathing waters closed to visitors.

A group pulling together all the local councils alongside the Environment Agency and United Utilities has been set up in a bid to tackle the problem.

Local councils have blamed the poor results on bad weather, and the MSC accept this is a key issue for the local area.

After heavy rain Combined Sewer Overloads (CSO) direct raw sewage straight into the sea to prevent it backing up into people’s homes.

This is something United Utilities has pledged to tackle as part of a £250m project across the region.

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The Fylde Peninsula Water Management Group has been set up to tackle the problem.

Those behind the Good Beach Guide, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), today warned there was plenty of work to be done.

From this summer all bathing waters will be ranked again under new European standards.

Any failing to meet the grade over four years of testing will be declared a health hazard in 2015.

The 2011 figures, released today, are the second year in a row the water at Blackpool North, Blackpool Central, St Annes has failed to make the grade, while Fleetwood – which passed last year – has also failed.

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