Cumbrian beach could be struck off list of approved bathing waters

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A beach at one of Cumbria's most popular seaside destinations could be struck off the list of designated bathing waters.

Allerdale Council has proposed removing Allonby South beach from the list due to low usage and lack of facilities for bathers in the area.

Under legislation, designated bathing waters must be monitored for levels of intestinal enterococci and E.coli during the bathing water season, which runs from May 15 to September 30.

If de-designated such tests would no longer be carried out.

There would also no longer be a legal requirement for public information about water quality to be provided.

However, general environmental quality standards under the Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive will continue to be adhered to.

De-designation would have no impact on wildlife or nature organisations.

A public consultation is now underway and pepople have the opportunity to give their views until September 22.

The results will be considered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs before a formal decision is made. For full details go to www.allerdale.gov.uk/consultation.

* To comment email environmental.health@allerdale.gov.uk or call them on 0303 123 1702.

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