Council seeks talks on improving water standards at Nairn Beach

The Highland Council has called a meeting with SEPA, Scottish Water and other partners to seek clarification on water quality notices issued by SEPA for Nairn Central and East Beaches.

Leader of the Council, Margaret Davidson said: “We are seeking clarification on SEPA’s advice and will be looking for urgent action to address any issues which could potentially have an impact on the economy of the Nairn area. We will be looking for an immediate short term plan of action to achieve a sufficient or higher standard of quality as soon as possible and to maintain higher standards throughout this year’s bathing season. It will then be necessary to look at a longer term plan of improvements to ensure that the water quality is improved for future years to come.”

Chair of the Area Committee, Cllr Michael Green added: “I want to give some reassurance to the local community that the Council is taking this matter very seriously. Our stunning beaches are a precious asset to the economy of Nairn and the surrounding area. If swift action is taken, we can turn this around very quickly so that our beaches and the waters are of an improved standard for the coming season.  

“The good thing is that the SEPA signs will give real time information on the water quality on a day to day basis. I also want to ensure that regular monitoring reports are made available so that residents can see that any remedial action has been effective and that substantial improvements are being made.

“Meanwhile Nairn remains very much open for business. Nairn is set in the heart of the Highlands on the shores of the beautiful Moray Firth, with easy access to air and rail routes, wonderful walking routes, outdoor activities and wild life and some of the best scenery in the world.”



23 May 2016
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