Bathing restrictions have been lifted today (Thursday 29th June) following testing of the Fylde coast waters.
A Fylde Council spokesperson said, ‘We are delighted to confirm that the restrictions placed on bathing in waters along the Fylde Coast by the Environment Agency earlier this month following a pollution incident have now been lifted.
Modelling and regular testing have been carried out on the waters across the Fylde Coast, leading to the Environment Agency lifting this advisory notice. We will be removing the no swimming signage in due course.’
United Utilities explained, ‘Storage levels have returned to normal in the Fylde Coast drainage system and recent rainfall has not overwhelmed the system. The last time any storm water was released into the sea was on Tuesday 20th June. Bathers are advised to check Swimfo so they can continue to make informed decisions about entering the water, including when and where to swim.’
Mark Garth, United Utilities Wastewater Services Director, said: “We have not spared any cost or resources in our response to what has been a hugely challenging incident. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused for residents, visitors and businesses along the Fylde Coast and I want to thank everyone for their patience while the situation was resolved.’
The beaches that had been affected by the “no swimming” advisory notice were:
- Blackpool Central
- Blackpool North
- Blackpool South
- Cleveleys beach
- St Anne’s
- St Anne’s North