A fact obvious to any resident in the gorgeous North of Wales is how idyllic and naturally preserved our beaches are with particular regards to the cleanliness of the waters. This has been confirmed with the news that 89 out of 90 coastlines met European guidelines.
With more beaches than most places in Britain, it should be little surprise that the beaches located in this historic region are of the highest order. Some of them are even major draws for tourists with the West Shore in Llandudno being busy during the sweltering months of summer. In fact, the beaches in Llandudno had failed the same test this time last year but after extensive efforts by council members, have now met the intense standards imposed by European guidelines.
Of course, some of the water quality is out of hand of officials when you factor certain environmental changes affect its purity and the ability to bathe in it. One such area that’s fallen afoul of this is the beach at Aberdyfi – the only one in the whole region to fail the inspection. However, when you consider how the beaches at Criccieth and Rhyl passed for 2013 where last year they failed, Aberdyfi could have better fortune for 2014.
The Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales (the team behind the stats), Emyr Roberts had this to say on the subject: “Our coast and natural environment is a major attraction for visitors in Wales so it is an important part of the economy.
“With tougher new standards for bathing water being introduced, we are working closely with partners to make sure our coastal waters continue to improve as they have done over the last 30 years.”
This was backed up by another respresentative from Natural resources, Alun Davies, who echoed the statement of: “Many people visit Wales each year, drawn by our fantastic beaches, beautiful coastlines and the high quality of our bathing waters. We must therefore continue to work with our partners to build on the high standard we have set so far.”
As evidenced by the findings, our beautiful region has some superb beaches and they are sure to be packed again come summer 2014.