Beaches: Morecambe

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of David Morris David Morris Conservative, Morecambe and Lunesdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that beaches in Morecambe are safe for bathing.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Bathing water quality in Morecambe has improved over the last 30 years as a result of significant investment.

The National Environment Programme that forms part of United Utilities' Asset Management Plan for 2010-15 includes 10 schemes designed to improve bathing water quality in the Morecambe area.

Natural England and the Environment Agency have proposed a two-year partnership project on the lower River Lune estuary under DEFRA's Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative. This would promote voluntary action by farmers and other land managers to tackle diffuse water pollution from agriculture.

An urban diffuse pollution project by United Utilities is nearing completion. It examines surface water outfalls along the Heysham and Morecambe sea front and has highlighted several areas of concern that the Environment Agency is working closely with United Utilities to resolve.

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