Bathing report is approved

Management of birds could help improve water quality
Management of birds could help improve water quality
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Residents are being urged to do their bit to help clean up Blackpool’s bathing waters.

The call comes after the council’s executive committee formally backed the results of a scrutiny investigation into the quality of the sea water.

Coun Maxine Callow, who led the scrutiny, said they would continue to monitor the situation.

She said: “I think we should continue to meet at least twice a year because this is a very important issue for Blackpool.

“But what we have found is that everyone can play their part, and even small things such as having your dishwasher connected up properly can make a difference.”

The scrutiny committee gave its backing to the Fylde Peninsula Water Management Group which is working on a 10-point action plan.

A beach management strategy includes discouraging people from feeding seagulls, and putting netting up to prevent birds from landing on the piers, because of the impact of bird waste on water quality.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for urban regeneration at Blackpool Council, said: “Small steps such as observing the signs to ensure dogs are not taken on designated beaches and discouraging people from feeding the birds could have a big impact in helping to improve the 
quality of our beaches 
and bathing water.”

Bathing water in the resort must meet higher standards by 2015.

If not, under an EU directive, Blackpool runs the risk of being ordered to put up signs advising against swimming.