2018 was an excellent summer for beaches managed by Folkestone & Hythe District Council – and that’s official.

Regular monitoring of water quality at Sunny Sands in Folkestone, Sandgate, and Hythe has resulted in the beaches being classified as excellent by the Environment Agency. Dymchurch, St Mary’s Bay, and Littlestone have all been graded as good.

The updated annual designations were announced this week after samples from around the coast were tested for pollution during the summer season.

Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said it was fantastic news for the district.

He said: “We’re delighted to again receive an annual designation of good or excellent for our bathing water beaches.

“It confirms our reputation as a seaside destination, with a choice of clean, pollution-free beaches that are ideal whether you want to swim, paddle, build sandcastles or explore rock pools.

“Residents’ litter picks have provided some wonderful support to the work we are already doing to tackle local marine pollution, and our Pick Me Up Before You Go Go campaign to encourage people to take their rubbish home with them also proved effective.

“There is still a lot of work to do but people are becoming more aware of the impact of litter and pollution and these results show all our efforts are paying off.”

The three ‘excellent’ beaches have received the highest designation for several years. But last year was the first time Littlestone was rated as good since new, tighter, standards were introduced in 2015. Drainage from the Marsh is thought to be the reason for ‘excellent’ ratings being missed there and at Dymchurch and St Mary’s Bay.

More details about the results for the district’s beaches can be found on the Environment Agency website: http://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/


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