Which East Devon beaches rated ‘excellent’ in bathing water inspections?

Tourists flock to Sidmouth beach. Picture: Alex Walton

Tourists flock to Sidmouth beach. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth is un-beach-able when it comes to clean water after being rated ‘excellent’ once again by inspectors.

Jacob's Ladder view. Ref esr 08-16SH 5808. Picture: Simon Horn

Jacob's Ladder view. Ref esr 08-16SH 5808. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

All six of East Devon District Council’s beaches received the highest classification following stringent tests from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Sidmouth town, Jacob’s Ladder, Seaton, Beer, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth were received ‘excellent’ while privately managed Sandy Bay and Ladram Bay were rated ‘excellent’ and ‘sufficient’.

Water quality is tested weekly throughout the summer by the Environment Agency and the results are considered alongside those from the previous three years.

Councillor Tom Wright, EDDC’s environment portfolio holder, who said: “This is a fantastic result for East Devon and the reward for several years of good joint working with our partners and local landowners.

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“Our beaches are a crown jewel for East Devon and we are proud that the bathing water meets the very highest standards which will provide water users with opportunities for enjoying our sea safely.”

The top classification is a goal that the council has aimed for and strived to maintain. This is a result of a combined effort between the council, the Environment Agency, South West Water and local farmers and land owners. Everyone has worked together to reduce the potential for dirty water to enter East Devon’s rivers and streams, and to inform and educate the public.”

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