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South of Scotland beaches classed as 'poor'

Eyemouth beach has been classed as 'poor' Credit: ITV News Border

A number of beaches in the south of Scotland have failed to meet new EU standards and have been classed as 'poor'.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency say a total of 80% of Scotland’s bathing waters have been confirmed as achieving the new, much stricter, European water quality standards.

Southerness beach has been classed as 'good' Credit: ITV News Border

However, Pease Bay in Scottish Borders is the only beaches across Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders to achieve a rating of 'excellent'.

The classifications given are as follows:

  • Pease Bay- Excellent
  • Brighouse Bay- Good
  • Coldingham- Good
  • Southerness- Good
  • Eyemouth- Poor
  • Mossyard- Poor
  • Rockcliffe- Poor
  • Sandyhills- Poor

Across Scotland's 84 bathing waters, the following classifications were given:

  • 17 beaches- Excellent
  • 38 beaches- Good
  • 12 beaches- Sufficient
  • 17 beaches- Poor

SEPA is putting together improvement plans to help each of the 'poor' bathing waters to reach a 'sufficient' standard by 2020.

“It is important to remember that a ‘poor’ classification does not necessarily mean that water quality is continually poor, and in many cases this is due to historic episodes of reduced water quality following heavy rainfall.

"These are still fantastic beaches to visit, and our network of electronic information signs provide advice and details about any current water quality issues at the majority of these bathing waters."

– Calum McPhail, SEPA Environmental Quality manager

Cleanliness award for Cumbrian beaches

St Bees beach Credit: PA

Three beaches in west Cumbria have been ranked among the best in the North West.

St Bees, Silecroft and Haverigg beaches have received the Seaside Award – Keep Britain Tidy’s prize for beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

The west Cumbrian trio are three of only 14 beaches in North West England to scoop the award.