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Half of beaches fail water quality tests

by Rachel Sweeney

There has been a significant drop in the water quality of the region's beaches. The Marine Conservation Society has published the annual Good Beach Guide.

After success last year, less than half of beaches passed water quality tests. Northumbrian water blames the wettest summer on record, while surfers blame the sewerage.

Blue flag for North East beach

Seaton Carew beach has gained a Blue Flag in this years awards. The coastline on Teesside has been recognised for its quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.

An increasing number of England's beaches have gained Blue Flag awards this year which means England is ranked in the world's top 10 countries for having the most Blue Flag beaches out of the 46 countries taking part in the scheme.

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North East beaches best in country

The region's beaches have been given top ratings in a new survey.

The Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide - published today - listed the North East region as the best performing in the country.

37 of the 43 beaches surveyed in North Yorkshire, Durham Tyne and Wear and Northumberland were given the highest 'Recomended' award. Two others were awarded the top Guide Line standard.

The most improved beach was at Saltburn. It failed last year but gained a 'Recomended' this time.

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