Galloway MP Russell Brown has welcomed the news that three local beaches have been recommended by the Good Beach Guide.
Carrick beach, Brighouse Bay and Southerness Beach are recommended in this year’s edition of the guide. The guide is compiled by the Marine Conservation Society which reports annually on water quality at UK beaches using data collected by the UK environment agencies and local authorities. The standards are based on the European Bathing Water Directive. The Bathing Water Directive sets water quality standards for popular beaches, called designated bathing waters, to protect public health and the environment from water quality pollution
These three beaches were found to have excellent water quality. The beaches are among 54 beaches in Scotland that were recommended by the guide. Another four local beaches were also assessed: Sandyhills, Rockcliffe, Doon Bay and Mossyhard Beach. These all passed mandatory tests meaning they met the minimum water quality standards but none were included on the recommended list.
Commenting on the guide, Russell Brown said: “I am delighted that three local beaches have been recommended by the Good Beach Guide. In last year’s guide, all seven beaches met the minimum standard but none were recommended. This year is a vast improvement. These recommendations will be a major boost to the three beaches.”
“Overall I am happy to see that all the local beaches that were tested all passed. However, there is no room for complacency. We need to ensure that our beaches and seas are kept clean and treated with respect. In next year’s guide, I’d like to see even more of the seven local beaches on the recommended list.”