Eastbourne’s coastline has been graded in the latest bathing water figures released this week.
The town’s seawater has achieved an ‘excellent’ standard in the 2015 ‘Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC’, a European Union directive, in the year that the standard to meet is approximately twice as strict as it previously was.
In 2015 the directive has aimed to improve the UK’s bathing waters to an even higher standard, with designated bathing waters in England now having much tougher water quality standards to achieve.
The excellent quality of bathing water stretches along the coast to the surrounding areas of Eastbourne; Birling Gap and Pevensey Bay have both also been awarded with the ‘excellent’ accolade for the quality of the bathing water found at the beaches.
This comes after Eastbourne’s bathing waters were once again rated as excellent this year in the ‘Good Beach Guide’ published in June by the Marine Conservation Society, who have awarded Eastbourne’s waters very highly for many years.
The Marine Conservation Society who have held their annual Big Sea Swim in Eastbourne for the past three years, have once again chosen Eastbourne as the location for the 2016 Big Sea Swim.
Organisers of the brand new ‘Eastbourne Triathlon’, which will take place on 12 June 2016, will have participants swimming 600m in the sea off Eastbourne’s beach, before cycling 25km around the town and finishing with a 5.3km run along the promenade, against a beautiful coastal back drop.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Councillor Margaret Bannister said, “Receiving excellent recognition for our bathing water quality in a significant governmental publication, adds another string to Eastbourne’s bow when it comes to offering great beaches for tourists and residents to enjoy!
“With organisers of some great sporting events such as the ‘Eastbourne Triathlon’ and the ‘Big Sea Swim’, choosing Eastbourne’s beaches to host their swimming challenges, only echoes further just how clean and safe Eastbourne’s bathing waters are.”
The Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Big Sea Swim’ is an open water swimming race in which participants can choose to swim either 1km or 3km, whilst raising money to help the Marine Conservation Society keep UK waters safe and clean for both people and marine life.
This year’s Big Sea Swim (pictured) took place on July 11 and saw a record number of 89 participants swimming in Eastbourne’s waters.
In 2016, the Big Sea Swim is back in Eastbourne for the fourth year in a row on 16 July and the Marine Conservation is hopeful that it will be even more popular than this year’s event was.
For more information on Eastbourne’s bathing waters and beaches go to www.visiteastbourne.co.uk.
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