SEPA give beaches poor rating
STUART GILLESPIE Bathing water at four Stewart ry beaches is amongst the worst in Scotland.
They have all received a poor rating in the latest classifications released by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
Brighouse Bay, Dhoon Bay, Rockcliffe and Sandyhills make up nearly half of the 10 sites across the country to be handed the worst possible rating — the second year running they’ve achieved that grade.
Carrick and Mossyard have all maintained their good rating from 2018. Southerness also has a good classification, down from the excellent standard it was given in 2018.
SEPA’s environmental quality manager, Calum McPhail, said: “Each bathing water is different, with a unique set of potential water quality challenges.
“Working with partners we’ re continuing our focus on bathing waters rated as poor with tailored improvement plans, prepared by SEPA, well under way.
“We are committed to providing real time information on bathing water quality to ensure those heading to Scotland’s beaches can have a great day and, through partnership working, we hope to see further improvements in bathing water quality in the coming months and years.”
Out of the 86 Scottish beaches where water quality is monitored, 28 were rated excellent, the highest number since stricter standards were brought into force in 2015; 35 were classed as good; 13 received a sufficient mark; and 10 received poor grades.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Scotland’s shorelines and waters are among the most beautiful in the world and significant progress has been made, in the space of just a few years, to improve standards still further.
“In cases where a lower rating has been achieved — often due to individual circumstances — SEPA and its partners are working through a comprehensive course of action to drive improvement.”