Fylde MP Mark Menzies wants answers over sea water pollution at St Annes

Fylde MP Mark Menzies is calling for answers from water firm United Utilities and the Environment Agency following concerns over bathing water pollution in St Annes

By Tony Durkin
Friday, 20th May 2022, 3:45 pm

After an independent report recently named St Annes as the ‘dirtiest’ in the UK, the Environment Agency issued a pollution warning for St Annes North, warning against bathing in the waters.

Bathing waters at St Annes North are currently rated adequate, the lowest on a three star scale.

Mr Menzies said: “These are two very serious reports in the space of two weeks.

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“I am very worried about the condition of the bathing waters and about the timing of these reports ahead of a busy summer season.

“I have asked United Utilities and the Environment Agency to look into what is causing these issues, as matter of urgency and want to know what plans they have in place to solve these problems and to ensure the water is clean and safe for all.”

Mr Menzies is supporting Government action to clean up rivers and coastal waters and to end the discharge of waters from storm overflows.

Earlier this year the Government published the Storm Overflows Discharge Reduction Plan which marks a step change in how water companies tackle the number of discharges of untreated sewage.

He said: “We need to make sure water companies are delivering the investment and upgrades necessary to prevent pollution of our rivers and coastal waters.

“Given the scale of the challenge I realise things cannot change overnight.