St Leonards beach award for clean water

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A BEACH in St Leonards has won an award for its cleanliness.

Marina beach was given the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) seal of approval for 2011.

An inspection carried out last month found that the stretch of beach met all the criteria required for the prestigious MCS Recommended title.

The news comes not long after it achieved its first Quality Coast Award back in June.

Councillor Trevor Webb, lead member for leisure at Hastings Borough Council (HBC), said: “We’re very pleased that our bathing water has met the MCS recommended criteria, which represents the highest UK standard of bath water quality.”

Earlier this year research was carried out by the Environment Agency (EA) to find out why the sea water off the coast of Hastings was polluted.

In April it published 500 bathing water profiles to give swimmers more information about the cleanliness of the water around UK beaches.

The Hastings profile revealed ongoing concerns over pollution in the sea, believed to be linked to the streams in Alexandra Park.

Hastings beach has met national clean water standards every year since 1998 but in recent years the water quality has dropped.