Beaches fail water quality standard test

Timothy Kirkhope visiting residents in Staithes
Timothy Kirkhope visiting residents in Staithes

Sandsend residents and business owners have been left reeling by the news that the village’s beach has failed water quality standards for the first time in six years.

Now, with the Marine Conservation Society’s prestigious Good Beach Guide reporting both Sandsend and Staithes as ‘failing’ their standards, there are fears the news could have a knock-on effect for tourism in the area.

Timothy Kirkhope, Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and The Humber, has been working to improve the water quality in our area, but even he was surprised by Sandsend’s failure.

Both villages have dropped from ‘MCS Recommended’ to ‘Fail’ in a single year, although Staithes - the region’s Yo-Yo beach - has a well-documented history of poor water quality.

Mr Kirkhope, who started a campaign to improve Staithes in 2008, said authorities need to answer some tough questions about why this has been allowed to happen.

He said: “What’s worrying me is an awful lot of money was allocated for Yorkshire coastal improvements to make sure we didn’t have this situation.

“I want some assurances from Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency that we are actually going to tackle these individual causes so we get a clean bill of health.”