People are being warned to avoid Blackpool beaches which are suffering from sewage leaks. Currently, St. Anne’s and Lytham are not affected – so there is presently no alert. Blackpool Central, Blackpool North, Bispham, Cleveleys and Fleetwood are locations where recent rainfall caused waste water to be discharged into the sea.
The featured map and warning comes from Surfers Against Sewage who monitor water quality at over 400 river and coastal locations so you can swim, surf, paddle or splash without the risk of getting sick.
In the case of Blackpool Central today’s (Wednesday 15th March) warning states: ‘Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours. Blackpool Central, located close to the centre of this busy seaside resort, is flat sandy beach between Blackpool South and Central Piers. It is backed by a high sea wall and promenade. A sewer overflow discharges straight onto the beach around the centre of this beach.’
For Cleveleys: ‘Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours. A pebble and sand beach with patches of rock and shingle, Cleveleys is a large beach broken by groynes backed by a promenade, the town and Jubilee Gardens. A sewer overflow discharges to the southern end of the bathing water while various overflows from the Blackpool area may also affect water quality at Cleveleys.’
For more details go to: https://www.sas.org.uk/water-quality/sewage-pollution-alerts/