New-look let­ters page

The Scarborough Evening News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS -

See the new-look let­ters page, with top­ics this week in­clud­ing the pol­luted waters of South Bay with seem­ingly no ac­tion be­ing taken to pre­vent a re­peat of the prob­lem de­spite a lon­gawaited re­port.

What is go­ing wrong with our water qual­ity? Scar­bor­ough claims to be the first sea­side re­sort as history books in­form us that dur­ing the 17th cen­tury, Mrs Thomasin Far­rer tasted the waters pour­ing from a nat­u­ral spring bub­bling from a cliff to the south of the town.

The waters were said to cure mi­nor ail­ments. Mrs Far­rer was the wife of one of Scar­bor­ough’s prom­i­nent residents John Far­rer and through their ef­forts of pro­mo­tion with friends and neigh­bours thou­sands of vis­i­tors flocked to taste the bit­ter water.

Four cen­turies later, on the even­ing of Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 3, 2018, BBC Look North ran an in­ter­view with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency stat­ing how they are go­ing to “get tough” on those pol­lut­ing the South Bay waters. Ref­er­ence to seag­ull and dog waste, ef­flu­ent from a lo­cal fac­tory and hu­man waste was made, as pre­vi­ously re­ported in this news­pa­per. The TV pre­sen­ter Phil Bod­mer con­cluded the re­port by say­ing he had vis­ited the town over the re­cent hol­i­day pe­riod and was “glad he did not go for a pad­dle”. The Far­rer fam­ily must be turn­ing in their graves.

As I have writ­ten sev­eral emails to coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers at Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil, high­light­ing my own views and ob­ser­va­tions by mem­bers of the pub­lic and their an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour of lit­ter­ing, whilst at work in my own seafront busi­ness. I am very con­cerned at how our daytrip­pers will per­ceive the South Bay for their hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence. Many of us are aware of plas­tic pol­lu­tion high­lighted on the BBC documentary re­cently, but the prob­lem is deeper than this. Should those who took part in the Box­ing Day raft race and New Year’s Day dip be wor­ried for their health and should surf­ing be stopped in South Bay? Will the RNLI want to con­tinue to pro­vide and pa­trol the beaches and fa­cil­i­tate the schools’ surf train­ing in South and North Bay in fu­ture? When is an open meet­ing

Coun­cil must hold an open meet­ing and do some­thing GUY SMITH

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