Beach fails checks

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STAITHES beach has once again failed its water quality checks, an online report has revealed.

The village’s sands were among 25% of beaches which did not meet national standards.

A total of 493 bathing waters were tested by the Enviroment Agency – 10 of which failed including Staithes. The village has frequently failed the tests in the past –something which has angered locals who have called for more to be done.

Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Whitby all passed the tests.

On Friday, the Environment Agency published beach profiles which highlight what forms of pollution beaches suffer from and identifies the discharge points. As well as vital information on sewage discharge points, locations of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOS) and other sewerage infrastructure, the bathing water profiles also include maps and a description of each beach.

The information was released by the Environment Agency to help people make more informed choices about the best locations to visit and enjoy.

But the environmental campaign group, Surfers Against Sewage said although publishing the beach profiles was a significant step forward, it highlighted Staithes as having chronic sewage issues, adding surfing at this “fantastic spot” could represent a serious risk to your health.

l SEE Friday’s Whitby Gazette for reaction