Penarth Beach wants to be recognized as bathing water

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A CAMPAIGN to have the beaches of Penarth and Colw-Huw in Llantwit Major recognized as bathing waters has reached the stage of public consultation.

Being designated as bathing waters would mean National Resources Wales would have to test the waters for bacteria such as E. Coli.

The waters would then get an excellent, good, sufficient or bad classification, which is then published by the Welsh government.

If successful, the beaches would obtain bathing water status by May 2022, when the bathing season begins.

There are 105 bathing waters in Wales, the closest to Penarth being in Barry.

This despite the fact that many local groups got into the water in Penarth early in the morning.

James Tennet, 34, is the Penarth resident behind the app.

Mr Tennet said: “No one really knows what the quality of the water is.

“A lot of people will say ‘the waters are not very good in Penarth’ while others will say ‘I have been swimming there for 50 years and everything is fine’.

“But there is no real data, no one really knows because it is not tested.”

If the tests show that the water is bad, action will need to be taken to improve the water quality.

If the tests are poor for five consecutive years, the bathing water status will be revoked and advice will be given to avoid the water.

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Mr Tennet has been swimming in open water since November, but made it to Barry instead of using Penarth’s water.

“As a permanent resident, I would love to swim more, but I don’t have time to get to the closest designated swimming area in Barry every day,” Mr. Tennet said.

“Wild swimming is so good for mental well-being and I think that’s why it would be so great if Penarth Beach was a designated swimming water – so that so many other people can benefit from it as well.

“There are still people who hesitate because of this unknown about the quality of the water.”

The public consultation phase runs until February 15.

To participate in the consultation, visit the website The Welsh Government page here and complete the survey.

Although Penarth Beach and Col-Huw Beach are both listed in the same survey, you can skip the questions on any of the beaches because the granting of bathing water status to a beach is not dependent on the granting. from status to another.

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