The Liberal Democrats have joined calls for the increasingly popular Wardie Bay, situated between Granton and Newhaven harbours, to be included in regular water quality testing.
There is a dearth of clean beaches in the Edinburgh area with only Portobello Central and Portobello West meeting designated Bathing Waters standards.
“Since the pandemic, more people than ever before have discovered our wonderful local beach,” says Wardie resident and local Liberal Democrat Sanne Dijkstra-Downie. “But marine litter surveys carried out by Wardie Bay Beachwatch find sewage debris at every tide, and especially after storms. With so many people now enjoying the beach, the water should be tested regularly so that people know whether it is safe.”
Monitoring harmful pollutants, and understanding where they come from, will not only keep people safe but will also help protect the important marine life in Wardie Bay, adds Rebecca Bell, Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh Northern and Leith in May’s Scottish Parliament elections.
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, more than 150 people a day were using the bay in the bathing months, with wild swimming continuing through the winter. But numbers have risen exponentially since the pandemic.
“This is why we call on the Scottish Government to approve the application for bathing water status and support regular testing,” says Rebecca. “Wardie Bay’s visitors include many children and adults from a diverse constituency, many of whom have no outdoor space at home.
To sign the bathing water petition visit change.org/WardieBay4BathingWater.