North Essex beaches are rated ‘excellent’ for water quality


TOURISM bosses believe the excellent water quality is helping to attract beachgoers to the beautiful North Essex coastline.

The Environment Agency has released the results of its 2021 tests at bathing sites across England, with many beaches in Essex earning the highest rating.

The beaches at Dovercourt, Brightlingsea, Holland-on-Sea and the bathing areas to the east of Clacton Pier were again awarded with the excellent mention.

Elsewhere in the district, Clacton’s Walton, Frinton, Jaywick and Martello Beach all continued to perform well and were again deemed good for another year.

Brightlingsea and West Mersea were also rated as good.

The Environment Agency closely monitors beaches and inland waters designated as bathing waters to check that standards are being met, with waters being rated as excellent, good, fair or poor.

However, the troublesome Groyne 41 area in Clacton, which has had water quality issues for several years, was rated as poor for many years.

As a result, the small beach section was no longer designated as a bathing beach in 2019.

Of 417 bathing waters in England, only 1% failed the minimum standard and were classified as poor.

Alex Porter, tender board Cabinet Member for Recreation and Tourism, said the high water quality was one of the factors that made Essex’s Sunshine Coast such a great place to visit.

“Excellent water quality combined with our Blue Flag and Seaside Award beaches, best facilities and attractions, and great weather make this a great place to visit – bringing joy to tourists and locals alike,” said he declared.

“We will continue to work hard to maintain this quality and protect our coastline, which is one of our most important assets.”


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