Stoney beach improves on last year


Stonehaven Beach has reached the minimum standards set for water quality by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Last year ,Stonehaven’s water quality was failed by the MCS.

The group annually puts out the MCS Good Beach Guide which uses data from evironment agencies and local authories during the previous bathing season.

Stonehaven beach has received a ‘mandatory’ classification, meaning it has achieved the minimum standard for water quality - 95% of samples did not exceed 2000 E.coli per 100 ml.

Stonehaven is on par with over 30 of Scotland’s other beaches but is not included in the highest percentage of Scottish bathing waters in 27 years being ‘recommended’ for excellent water quality.’’

Beaches which don’t meet the ‘sufficient’ standard at the end of 2015 will have to display signs warning against bathing in the sea from the start of the bathing season in 2016.

MCS Scotland Programme manager, Calum Duncan, said: “By the end of the 2015 bathing season, all designated bathing waters must meet the new minimum ‘sufficient’ standard due to the revised EU Bathing Water Directive.

“This will be around twice as stringent as the current minimum standard and means that some beaches will need to do more to make the grade in the future, which could include reducing pollution from sewage discharges, agricultural run-off and urban diffuse pollution, fixing mis-connected pipework and putting in place more steps to help dog owners clean up after their pets.”