Search on to find source of pollution affecting Hartlepool’s coast

The beach at Seaton Carew
The beach at Seaton Carew

Northumbrian Water is working to identify the sources of pollution affecting beaches in Hartlepool after tests to assess the water quality.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) found varying qualities in the bathing waters on the town’s coastline.

It is good to note that all three beaches at Seaton Carew passed the Environment Agency tests, but it is particularly pleasing that Seaton Carew (North Gare )was classified as ‘excellent’ while Seaton Carew (Centre) has improved on last year and is now ‘good’.

Coun Kevin Cranney, chair of Hartlepool Council’s regeneration services policy committee

Seaton Carew (North Gare) was deemed ‘excellent’ while Crimdon and Seaton Carew (Centre) were found to be ‘good’.

But Seaton Carew (North) was considered only ‘sufficient’.

The survey was carried out by DEFRA, who assessed the quality of 80 water samples collected over the last three years. The samples are taken by the Environment Agency in May and September each year.

Northumbrian Water is now planning to identify sources of pollution affecting the bathing water in Seaton Carew. The work will be completed in 2017.

Northumbrian Water is also encouraging their customers to help to look after the region’s bathing waters by only flushing toilet paper, urine and faeces down the loo and by not putting grease and fat down drains. This will help to prevent blockages and potential pollution.

Coun Kevin Cranney, chair of Hartlepool Council’s regeneration services policy committee, said: “The quality of the town’s bathing waters is vitally important, both in terms of public health and attracting visitors, so we welcome these results.

“It is good to note that all three beaches at Seaton Carew passed the Environment Agency tests, but it is particularly pleasing that Seaton Carew (North Gare )was classified as ‘excellent’ while Seaton Carew (Centre) has improved on last year and is now ‘good’.

“The council is committed to ongoing improvements and investment at Seaton Carew as part of the Hartlepool Vision and good quality bathing waters and clean beaches are very important aspects of the resort.”

Northumbrian Water’s wastewater director, Richard Warneford, said the company’s £1 billion investment over the last two years were reflected in the results.