Mixed tidings on bathing water front
Green Party MLA Brian Wilson has expressed concern that Ballyholme beach failed to meet the requirements of the EC’s bathing water directive.
“I had hoped that now the £40million sewage treatment plant at Donaghadee is fully operational the North Down beaches would be fully compliant with the Directive,” said Mr Wilson.
“It is clear that there are still weaknesses in the sewage infrastructure in North Down and I call upon Northern Ireland Water to investigate and carry out the necessary investment to ensure that Ballyholme meets the standard in future years.”
Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir welcomed the news that Helen's Bay and Crawfordsburn Beaches met European Standards but said he had seen raw sewage in the sea at both beaches in August when NI Water’s sewer overflow by Carnalea Golf Club failed.
“Whilst the report may give the beaches a green light it's apparent that the beach isn't sewage free all year round and action is still required,” he added.