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Paignton beach loses its Blue Flag

A blue flag will no longer be flown at Paignton. Credit: ITV News West Country

Paignton Beach in South Devon has lost its Blue Flag status after failing to meet the required standard of water quality.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced 14 South West beaches will be flying a flag this year - more than any other region in the country.


Dog ban on St Ives' beaches begins today

Dogs will no longer be allowed on St Ives beaches as of today Credit: ITV Westcountry

A controversial order banning dogs from St Ives' beaches comes into affect today.

The 24 hour ban applies to Porthgwidden,Porthmeor and Porthminsterwhile an 8am to 7pm ban also comes into force on Harbour beach.

St Ives Dog Owners Group who oppose the ban are planning a demo this weekend. There will be similar dog bans coming into place on other beaches in the region, including Sidmouth and Instow.

Campaigners to clean up west country beaches

This weekend hundreds of volunteers are expected to scour the region's coastline looking for litter and other debris washed up on the shore. It's part of a campaign by the pressure group Surfers Against Sewage.

It warns that, although our beaches look clean at first glance, they can be strewn with plastic and other debris that threaten marine habitats.


Beach clean-up costs have impact on value for money

Only thirty five percent of South West Water customers say they think they get value for money. It's the lowest satisfaction rate in the country.

Customers in the South West pay an average of five hundred and forty pounds a year. The average bill for the rest of the country is around three hundred and seventy five pounds.

Monica Read from South West Water says the costs of the beach clean up programme are partly responsible:

Council says beaches remain safe for swimming despite poor weather

Tests of water quality on beaches at Exmouth and Budleigh show that they continue to meet EC standards for bathing, according to East Devon District Council. While heavy rains have led to some overflow from storm drains, this has not affected weekly tests.

The council says both beaches are now included in the South West Water Beach Live scheme. This provides the latest information on water quality.

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