• Bognor Regis Aldwick
• Brighton Kemptown
• Shoreham Beach
Our region boasts more than 700 miles of beautiful coastline – which is the lifeblood of many communities whether through tourism, business or leisure.
Over recent years, we have invested millions of pounds to reduce the impact of our wastewater network on bathing water quality. However, bathing water is also affected by contaminated rainwater running off roads and agricultural land, wastewater from privately-owned treatment works, boats and animals on the beach such as dogs and seabirds.
Our Bathing Water Enhancement Programme, investigates all of these issues and sets out a plan to collaborate with those with the power to fix them.
Our customers have backed the plans and told us they were willing to pay extra through their water bills to fund the improvements. We have earmarked £31.5 million for the programme – approximately £2 per customer over the five years of 2015-20.
The seven sites are:
• Deal Castle, Leysdown and Minster Leas in Kent
• Selsey, Middleton-on-Sea and Worthing in Sussex
• Shanklin on the Isle of Wight
We always set out to deliver a further seven bathing waters to Excellent, but we want to do more to protect and enhance our coastline and put the valuable findings from our investigations to good use.
That’s why we have identified a potential for a second stage of work at six of the 14 bathing waters which were not selected. These six have a possibility of attaining the Excellent standard if some interventions are pursued.
We propose to work in partnership with the local authorities at these six and intend to contribute to the required improvements ourselves.
These six are:
• Sheerness, Tankerton, Herne Bay and Folkestone in Kent
• Stokes Bay in Hampshire
• Cowes on the Isle of Wight
While the remaining eight bathing waters will not receive any funding from us, we will be working with the relevant local authority or other organisations to put our findings to good use and champion initiatives. This could include awareness campaigns to help improve bathing water quality, for example discouraging people from feeding seagulls.
These eight are:
• St Mary’s Bay, Margate Fulsam Rock, Littlestone and Herne Bay Central in Kent
• Brighton, Felpham and Bognor Regis (Aldwick) in Sussex
• Hill Head in Hampshire