Ed­i­tor’s com­ment

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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 jayne.lindill@eadt.co.uk

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