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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-10

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'Clean sweep' for Wirral bathing water

Pictured: 1. the shoreline at Meols

THE Environment Agency has given Wirral's bathing water top marks in annual ratings.  Councils are required to provide information at their sites for bathers and other beach users.   Standards for bathing waters are overseen by the Environment Agency and are measured at 413 beaches and lakes across the England, with star ratings being applied to bathing water site, using a simple 3 star system.
Bathing Area
Star Rating
Meols ★★★  'Excellent.'
West Kirby
Key:- 0 star = 'Poor' 1 star =  'Satisfactory' 2 stars = 'Good' 3 stars = 'Excellent'

The Wirral's borough's 4 designated bathing waters, at:- Meols, ,  and , we can confirm, have been awarded a clean sweep of top marks for their cleanliness.  All 4 entrants have been awarded the maximum 3 stars for 2016/2017.  The 'Excellent' classification means the waters are of the "highest microbial quality required." Also these results have been achieved under new, more stringent regulations which came into force in 2015. 

In 2015, Wallasey was classed as Good, just 1 rating lower than Wirral's other 3 bathing spots. Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council member for Environment, said:- "I'm personally delighted that the standard of Wirral's bathing water has improved even further to reach the highest of standards. The quality and cleanliness of Wirral's coastline is a key part of our tourism offer and supports hundreds of jobs in the borough. Last year I said I hoped that we would be able to uphold our standards, and I'm pleased to say we've done that."


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