Commenting on a report released today (6th November) by the Environment Agency (EA) that showed that bathing water in Saltburn has failed to meet mandatory guideline standards, local MP, Tom Blenkinsop, described the news as “really disappointing for residents and tourists” and pledged to ask Ministers to help the EA and Northumbrian Water to help rectify this after the good results we had earlier in the year.
“Naturally I am very disappointed to hear this news as it was only in May this year that the Marine Conversation Society listed Saltburn as ‘the most improved beach’ in the North East. Now we find out that the bathing water has failed to meet strict guidelines it isn’t an understatement to say that it is a hammer blow for the town as the water is used for a variety of activities, including surfing and swimming.
“I understand that the Environment Agency will be working closely with Redcar and Cleveland Council to target potential sources of pollution that may have caused Saltburn to fail. Alongside this, joint investigations with Northumbrian Water who are undertaking a study of storm sewage impacts around the area and I am informed that they have made repairs and are planning a new sewer route for completion before the 2013 bathing water season.
“I will be writing to the Minister, Richard Benyon – who has responsibility for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs – asking for Government assistance to ensure that the EA, local authority and Northumbrian Water are appropriately equipped to rectify the result so that Saltburn can go back to the good results we experienced earlier in the year.
“Saltburn is a unique and vibrant community and the water plays a big part in that, so I hope this matter can be rectified as soon as possible. I will continue to monitor the situation as I know residents were extremely disappointed the last time something similar to this took place.”