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Comment: Government consultation on 27 new designated swimming spots across England

26 February 2024

Reacting to news that the Government is consulting on 27 new designated swimming spots across England, Environmental Audit Committee Chair, Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, said:

“Designating a marked increase in inland waters required to be of bathing standard will boost monitoring and encourage remediation: designation is a proven means of delivering measurably better water quality in specific locations. Following a recommendation by our Committee in 2022, this consultation aimed at identifying 27 new sites for designation as bathing waters is very welcome news, not least since three are in Shropshire, including one on the River Teme in Ludlow. This huge uptick in designation of sites in England which will be required to have bathing-quality waters shows a determination to deliver consistently high levels of water quality in areas the public demand it.

"The ambition to deliver bathing-quality waters at these sites must be matched by an ambition to deliver improved water quality across England's waterways. This will benefit recreational water users and the precious ecosystems which depend on clean water.”

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