‘Excellent’ water quality at Seaford Bay

Excellent classification: Seaford Bay is great for bathing ... and much more. Picture by James Miller
Excellent classification: Seaford Bay is great for bathing ... and much more. Picture by James Miller

Seaford Bay has maintained its classification of ‘Excellent’ under the Bathing Water Directive.

The area is well used in the summer months, especially when the temperature heats up, encouraging beach users to have a dip in the sea to cool down.

The Environment Agency carries out weekly bathing water samples and also undertakes field observations, noting the presence or absence of certain items such as sewage related material, litter, excessive seaweed and algal blooms.

With the exception of a few recorded items of litter, the records for 2016 for Seaford Bay show none of the items mentioned have been found on site.

All of the samples taken within 2016 have been consistent with the ‘Excellent’ classification at Seaford.

More information on the Bathing Water Directive and the town’s bathing water can be seen on the Environment Agency’s website at http://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

Seaford is a rural beach, rather than resort beach but still boasts two refreshment kiosks, public lavatories, a voluntary and nationally recognised lifeguard team that operates throughout the summer weekends and three miles of undisturbed shingle beach.

It offers an easy access promenade and water groyne, an RSPB viewpoint, Seaford Museum, access to walks across Seaford Head to the east and the historical Tide Mills to the west, ample free parking and just a short few minute walk to the town centre and local parks.

If entering the water, however, be sure to be safety conscious, warns Seaford Town Council.

During summer weekends the lifeguards will fly advisory flags regarding going into the sea, but during the week individuals must use their own discretion.

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