Discover The Yorkshire Coast Pollution

News: Scarborough bathing water quality under the microscope

The Discover Yorkshire Coast website is failing to warn people about pollution in Scarborough’s south bay bathing water (sea). The new laboratory test report (published October 2017) confirms that Scarborough south bay bathing water is polluted with sewage from the Yorkshire Water Waste Water Treatment Works (WwTW), sources of trade effluent, and human, bird and dog faecal matter (poo). Donkeys are NOT to blame.

To learn more about the ongoing Scarborough South Bay bathing water pollution, and the key roles being played by Yorkshire Water, The Environment Agency, Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Welcome To Yorkshire, click here.

Suggested addition to Discover Yorkshire Coast tourist website to give warning of pollution in Scarborough south bay. Pollution includes: human, dog and bird faecal matter (poo) and also trade effluent.

Suggested addition to Discover Yorkshire Coast tourist website to give warning of pollution in Scarborough south bay. Pollution includes: human, dog and bird faecal matter (poo) and also trade effluent. Map segment is from the Environment Agency Bathing Water Quality website.

When is a warning sign not a warning sign?

A small ‘Advice Against Bathing’ notice is displayed at the entry to the beach next to the RNLI Scarborough Lifeboat Station advising visitors against bathing. The notice is in small print and ‘stuck-on’ next to a much bigger sign advising people to swim in Lifeguard patrolled areas only. Perhaps the Scarborough Lifeguards will afford you magical protection against the dangers of the sewage contaminated water. Or perhaps the messages are contradictory?

Visitors to Scarbrough are not being properly warned about the pollution in the bathing water in the Scarborough south bay. Lifeguards should be warning tourists not to bathe due to the presence of pollutants (sewage etc) and risk to health.

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