Top marks for beaches on water quality

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ALL of the area’s beaches have been given a clean bill of health ahead of tough new EU regulations being introduced.

Every beach in The News area passed water quality tests – including Southsea, Eastney, Hayling Island, Stokes Bay, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hill Head and West Wittering.

It comes as the bar will be raised for the quality of bathing water next year.

The new EU directive introduces standards that are around twice as strict as the current regime.

To help the country prepare over the winter, the Environment Agency has calculated what standard each of the UK’s beaches would have achieved this year if the new directives were already in place.

Dr Paul Leinster, the agency’s chief executive, said: ‘This year a record 99.5 per cent of beaches in England passed bathing water quality tests, a dramatic improvement in water quality since 1988 when only 65 per cent of beaches passed. Successful work with our partners to reduce pollution has benefited the environment and people.’