Best and worst of Isle of Wight beaches

By Martin Neville

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best and worst of Isle of Wight beaches

Colwell Bay has been labelled one of the cleanest in the country by a national newspaper.

ISLE of Wight beaches have been named among the best and worst in the country. Bembridge was on a blacklist of UK beaches while Colwell Bay was named as one of the cleanest.

Bembridge parish councillors reacted angrily this week after Forelands beach featured in a 'blacklist’ of UK beaches, where signs marking the beach as unfit for bathing could be introduced next year due to tough new EU regulations.

A report in The Sunday Times named the resort as one of 45 where the current sea water quality would not meet the stringent EU rules that come into effect in 2015.

The Environment Agency (EA) drew up the list, which also includes popular coastal towns such as Blackpool and Scarborough.

The report provoked an angry response from the parish council on Tuesday, when members agreed to write to the newspaper and BBC South Today about their 'negative’ coverage.

They spoke of their upset at the beach already being labelled 'poor’ ahead of the EU changes and complained the EA had so far been unable to tell them what was polluting the water or why nearby beaches at St Helens and Sandown scored highly.

The new rules will see the introduction of higher standards that are around twice as stringent as those currently in force.

A working party set up last year between the parish council and other organisations, including the EA and Southern Water, is trying to improve the rating to adequate.

There was praise, however, for another Island beach this week when the 'i’ newspaper named Colwell Bay among the cleanest in the country.

Cllr John Howe, whose ward covers part of the bay, said: "It has always been a very popular beach for local families and holidaymakers.

"It’s always been a fun and very safe beach with spectacular views across The Solent to Hurst Castle."

The Sunday Times article.



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by Alex Pick

25th March 2014, at 16:45:58

some time the dogs make a mess at the beach

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by GARRY Green

23rd March 2014, at 08:53:28

Colwell, Brambles & totland beaches are one of the reasons I miss the island!!! I grew up in Totland and spent so many hours on those beaches in my childhood. Beautiful beaches and have to be the best in the UK.

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by Julian Fry

22nd March 2014, at 21:33:33

I have some old B&W photos of my family having fun at Colwell Bay: circa late1950s. We used to sat in a converted railway carriage for a week.

Now I live 1 mile for Surfers Paradise beach: 30 odd kilometres of it. Yet somehow the allure of Colwell and those salad days seem more attractive.

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by sam smith

22nd March 2014, at 21:08:12

Bembridge Harbour is nearly as bad as an open sewer. Just surprised it's taken this long for people to be rightly informed.

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by kevin froment

22nd March 2014, at 15:51:26

forgot to ask, apart from the sunday times, where can we see a list of these beaches, as usual we only have half a story

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by kevin froment

22nd March 2014, at 15:47:58

bembridge beach has always been my favourite beach on the island, i have been swimming there since the early 60s and see no reason to stop now, the water didnt kill me then and i doubt it ever will, take a stroll along there at low tide and look in the rock pools, they are teeming with life, if the water was bad the shrimps and anemones wouldnt be there, its more eu claptrap and scaremongering, if my local beach at east cowes can get a blue flag with the filth and rotting seaweed thats in the water any beach should

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by alan naylor

22nd March 2014, at 14:13:36

If you cannot eat the fish caught you cannot swim in the water theres more in the water than you can see

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by Alex Kelly

22nd March 2014, at 12:56:13

It’s all very well councillor John Howe promoting Colwell Bay but he should be looking at Totland Bay which is completely in his ward and resembles Omaha beach after the D-Day landings.

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by Alex Pick

22nd March 2014, at 12:46:35

We have lovely beaches

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by Colin Russell

22nd March 2014, at 11:56:51

All this old tosh about how dirty the beaches are from the EA then on the other hand you have the MCZ that need clean water so the seahorses, worms, snail,s, etc etc can live, NOW here,s the thing is it not the case that one will cancel the other out,

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