Beach water quality improves

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Sandyhills beach has seen a marked improvement in water quality this year, following a poor track record in recent times.

The bathing water has failed to meet the minimum water quality standards in four of the past five years. Last year, when Sandyhills was ranked bottom in Scotland for water quality, local MP Russell Brown met with officials from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to call for tough action to deal with the problem.

This week Mr Brown welcomed the improvement. He said: “Given the poor track record of Sandyhills over the past few years, this improvement in water quality is very welcome.

“Last year Sandyhills had the worst water quality of Scotland’s 83 bathing beaches and I met with SEPA to call for urgent action to deal with the problem. SEPA assured me it was determined to work with farmers, landowners and Scottish Water to tackle the sources of contamination, such as sewers and drains.

“It is encouraging that, despite the heavy rainfall we have had this summer, Sandyhills has met the requirements and has not failed a test once. However, it is important that no-one is complacent, as the causes of pollution are often complex, with chemicals washing off the land into rivers a big factor.”