Fylde coast bathing water probe

Herring Gulls and Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) take advantage of the bounty available on a super Spring tide in Winter, against the backdrop of the Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach as viewed from Formby, along the Sefton Coast
Herring Gulls and Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) take advantage of the bounty available on a super Spring tide in Winter, against the backdrop of the Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach as viewed from Formby, along the Sefton Coast
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TOWN Hall chiefs have laid out the framework for a probe into the quality of bathing water off Blackpool’s beaches.

Councillors aim to carry out the investigation over the next six months.

It has been prompted by warnings signs advising against swimming could be put up on the resort’s beaches unless the water comes up to standard by 2015.

There are fears such a move would be damaging to the town’s tourism industry.

The investigation will examine the current standard of Blackpool’s bathing water, the legal standards required and the implications of failing to meet those standards.

It will also probe the reasons why the water is polluted and what is being done to tackle the issues.

Councillors will work with partners including the Environment Agency, the Marine Conservation Society and United Utilities but business and tourism leaders will also be consulted and invited to comment.

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