EU Bathing Water Directive Update
DEFRA are starting their annual review of the list of designated bathing
waters in England in line with the requirements of the Bathing Water
Directive. Bathing waters are coastal beaches or inland waters that are used
by a large number of bathers and are monitored by the Environment Agency
during the bathing season (15 May - 30 September). They are seeking public
assistance in safeguarding public health by ensuring that the list is
accurate. The vast majority of listed bathing waters are at the coast but
some are lakes and ponds in London, Surrey, the Cotswolds and the Lake
District. If you are aware of a site that attracts a large number of bathers
but does not appear on the list, please contact DEFRA so that it can be
considered for designation as a bathing water. They would also like to know
if there are any bathing waters on the current list that are no longer used
From 2012 there will be a new responsibility for bathing water controllers to
provide water quality information to the public. Controllers are defined in
defined in the Bathing Water Regulations 2008 as whoever has "...control of
the land immediately adjacent to the bathing which is normally used to access
the bathing water from the landward side and, where the bathing water is
tidal, control of such land above the high water mark;". This applies to the
owner or leaseholder of such land and in some cases responsibility may be
shared between several controllers. If you would like to propose a potential
new bathing water please indicate whether a local authority or a private
controller would be responsible, if you have this information.
Applications should be made by 30 September for inclusion in the process to
consider changes for the 2012 bathing season.
Click here for further information.
Click here for list of monitored sites in England.