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Join campaign to make our coast cleaner

Neil Jack

Neil Jack

Cleaning out drains is just one way Fylde coast businesses are being urged to help tackle marine pollution.

A special advice pack has been put together as part of the Love My Beach campaign to help businesses play their part in creating cleaner seas along the Fylde coast.

It can be downloaded from the website www.lovemybeach.org/business-pack.

Blackpool’s beaches must reach new EU quality standards by next year or may be forced to put up signs warning people not to bathe in the sea.

Neil Jack, chairman of the Turning Tides partnership made up of local authorities and environmental organisations, said: “Investment and hard work since 1988 has improved the number of our North West bathing waters passing the current EU directive - from 18 per cent to 88 per cent in 2013.

“But to make further improvements we need our businesses to do their bit too. Many of the actions are straightforward; check your drains are connected right, get a fat trap in your kitchens, put a bin next to toilets.

“Your business doesn’t need to be located by the sea to make a difference.

“Please get involved and do what you can to support our campaign. Our seaside locations are iconic and many businesses and jobs rely on them for their success.”

Blackpool’s Sea Life Centre is one of the first businesses to sign up.

General manager Jenn Newton said: “We’re passionate about sharing the secrets of the sea and that includes how to look after the environment for generations to come.

“What we do now can affect the quality of the seawater. In Blackpool we’ve struggled to meet the EU standards in the past but we want to be part of the campaign to help pass the new standards in 2015.

“The actions are simple but make a huge difference.”

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