Make Devil’s Point a Bathing Water
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.
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.
In June, over 6,500 swimmers and other water users were counted at the beach as part of the application. Nearly 100 local people volunteered to count swimmers for a two-hour shift, delivering the months’ worth of usage data required by Government for the bathing water application.
In October, the campaign reached a key milestone, after an official application was submitted to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We are hoping to hear an announcement regarding designation early next year.