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Devil's Point

I am campaigning for the government to designate Devil’s Point and Firestone Bay as an official bathing water, so that the water has to be regularly tested to check it’s safe for swimmers.

As a keen wild-swimmer, I love taking a tip at Devil’s Point. The views are breath-taking and since the pandemic Devil’s Point and Firestone Bay have become even more popular. But at the moment we don’t have the peace of mind that the water is clean for our swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders.  Unfortunately,  rivers and seas across the country are being polluted by regular discharge of raw sewage, so we need water testing at Devil’s Point now more than ever.

1000 local people signed my petition to make Devil’s Point an official bathing water, which I presented at Parliament in March 2022.

Now we are making progress with the application process…

 

 

Water Testing with the Environmental Agency
Water Testing with the Environmental Agency

I joined the Environment Agency to take the first water sample at Devil’s Point in May of 2022, the first step in the application process.

Later that month, we took another step forward as I started the recruitment of volunteers to help count the number of people on the beach, swimming in the bay, kayaking or paddle boarding. We need to gather enough data to make the case that the area is well-used. By the start of June, we’ve filled hundreds of volunteer slots and are currently recruiting more!

If you’d like to take part in some beach counting, please do email me at luke.pollard.mp@parliament.uk

Together we can make Devil’s Point an official bathing water!

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