Following an application from Cornwall Council we are considering eight beaches for designation as bathing waters under the Bathing Water Directive:
Booby's Bay, near St Merryn
Godrevy, The Towans, near Hayle (this should not be confused with the bathing water at The Towans (Godrevy), which would be re-named)
Gwynver, Whitesand Bay
Mexico Towan, The Towans, near Hayle
Northcott Mouth, near Bude
South Fistral, Newquay
Tregonhawke, Whitsand Bay
Upton Towan, The Towans, near Hayle
Bathing waters are beaches or inland waters that are popular for bathing, where the Environment Agency monitors the water quality between May and September each year.
Three other sites were included in Cornwall Council's application: Black Rock, Widemouth Bay; Bude Sea Pool; and Common Towan, Hayle. We have decided not to take these forward for designation because the Environment Agency has advised that the water quality at each site is reflected in the classification for an existing bathing water. Black Rock beach sits within the same water body as Widemouth Sand; Bude Sea Pool is located on Bude Summerleaze beach and is inundated at each tide and Common Towan is within the bathing water at The Towans (Hayle).
Why We Are Consulting
We would welcome your views on whether the eight beaches should be added to the list of designated bathing waters.
Consultees can respond using the online survey (please see below).
Responses can also be sent to:
Bathing Water Team
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs