Good news if you’re planning to spend any amount of time on Suffolk’s beaches this summer – and why wouldn’t you? They’re fabulous whatever the time of year.
The county’s favourite swimming spots have been given a clean bill of health by the Environment Agency, as the latest round of water quality tests rated Felixstowe’s beaches ‘excellent’, Lowestoft’s north and south beaches ‘good’, Southwold’s waters close to the pier ‘excellent’, and Southwold Denes ‘sufficient’. This means all bathing sites along the Suffolk coastline have been judged suitable for swimming by the agency. Now all we have to do is keep them that way.
The Suffolk coast is a wonderful place in the 21st century, largely unspoilt by the type of insensitive coastal development seen in other parts of the world, loved and looked after by locals who appreciate what they have on their doorstep. No wonder it draws thousands and thousands of people every summer, who come to enjoy its wild and rugged parts, as well as its traditional, charming seaside attractions. It’s important to our economy, providing business and employment opportunities, especially in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Many people work hard to make it a success.
But it’s under enormous pressure. Our coast is fragile, so I’m glad to learn that Anglian Water is investing over £350,000 this year to protect and maintain the excellent standards of the region’s coastal waters and beaches which our tourism and hospitality sector relies on. The money will also support Anglian Water’s Beach Care and River Care programmes, covering more miles of coastline and rivers, helping to keep beaches and bathing waters free of litter.
This year Beach Care has teamed up with the charity ‘2 minute beach clean’ to install six ‘2 minute beach clean’ boards at designated beaches. These contain a litter picker and rubbish bags to help people undertake their own mini beach cleans. Some boards are already in place along the coastline, and new ones are being installed in Lowestoft, Felixstowe and Great Yarmouth. Some people will moan about the ‘nanny state’. Personally, I think it’s high time we all took our responsibility for our own backyard a bit more seriously.
So, in this, our coastal issue, I encourage you to celebrate our amazing coast, enjoy it for all the carefree pleasure it can give you, and help us to keep it beautiful.
Have a wonderful summer!
The Suffolk coast is a wonderful place in the 21st century, largely unspoilt by the type of insensitive coastal development seen in other parts of the world
A new BeachCare board encouraging people to do a mini beach clean
JAYNE LINDILL, Editor, EADT Suffolk email@example.com