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Investigation Underway Into Scarborough Water Quality

Investigation Underway Into Scarborough Water Quality

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:01am 9th December 2016. (Updated at 3:01pm 9th December 2016)

Investigations are underway to look into the level of water quality in the South Bay of Scarborough.

Lat month we told you that the water quality in the South Bay has been officially rated as 'poor' in a report from the Environment Agency.

In the two years prior to 2016, the South Bay was classified as 'sufficient.' 

The investigation currently underway will now try and determine what species is responsible for the pollution in the bay, which in turn will give a clear idea of how the problem can be solved.

In a statement, Councillor Mike Cockerill said:

"The recently published bathing water quality results for Scarborough South Bay and  Filey have, understandably, been a cause of concern for elected members, officers  and other interested parties.

"This briefing note includes more information about the work, alluded to in the  statement released by the Yorkshire Bathing Water Partnership earlier this month,    which has been ongoing in recent years regarding the quality of the bathing water at  some of our bathing beaches.

"I must emphasise that this work is not new and is not in direct response to the  results published on 7 November.

"During the last couple of years there have been nearly 70 actions instigated in  regard to identifying and controlling potential sources of pollution along our  coastline.

"Although the Environment Agency is responsible for monitoring water quality, there  are other organisations working closely with them, as part of the Yorkshire Bathing  Water Partnership, in efforts to improve the current situation.

"These include Yorkshire Water and Scarborough Borough Council with support      from Welcome to Yorkshire.

"I attend partnership working group meetings and receive updates from  representatives of the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water and council  officers. At appropriate times, representatives from other companies or groups also  attend."

The investigation will take place on the stretch of coastline from Jackson's Bay to Cayton Bay. The results of the survey is expected by March next year. 

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