Over the last 20 years we’ve made huge progress in making our beaches and bathing waters cleaner.
In 1988 only 18% of our bathing waters met minimum standards, in 2016 this was 100%.
Below is information on how we got there and how we’ll keep it that way…

Magnificent Morecambe

The Craigwell Hotel in Morecambe is a 4-star 10 bedroom guest house run by Gillian and Jim Catterall. The hotel overlooks the glorious Morecambe Bay and welcomes visitors from far and wide. You can even bring your well-behaved dog!
Gillian said: “My husband heard about the LOVEmyBEACH campaign at a Morecambe Bay Nature event. In Morecambe we’re so fortunate to have the beach and promenade on our doorstep, for the magnificent views and amazing dog walks running for miles on end, so we were keen to show our support and get involved.” To help the campaign, Gillian has been advising on beach etiquette while walking dogs, the importance of clearing up after dogs, and bin drop points on the wonderful beach walks.
“We have also been giving out LOVEmyBEACH leaflets. On our beaches, you can walk the miles of coast and see migrating birds in the winter and spring. Holidaymakers enjoy the stunning tides and sunsets against the ever changing backdrop of the views over to the Lake District. All on our doorstep. That’s why it’s so important to show our support. We each have to take responsibility for keeping our beaches clean.”
If you’d like your hotel or B&B to support LOVEmyBEACH, just download a pack, fill in the checklist and return to us. Thanks!

Gillian Catterall

New Year’s resolution: LOVEmyBEACH!

So how was the turkey? Did you remember to put your turkey fat in a suitable container to cool then in the bin? If you’d like to do more, why not make LOVEmyBEACH one of your new year’s resolutions for 2014? If you’d like to meet some new people and get some fresh air whilst helping, you could volunteer for a beach clean or ask your workplace to become a LOVEmyBEACH business? If you really want to go for it, you could combine the two and organise a beach clean with work colleagues! We’ll help you every step of the way. See our events section for details or just get in touch with your ideas to help LOVEmyBEACH. Let’s make 2014 the cleanest year for North West beaches yet!

Pain in the drain!

What do you do with the fat from your Christmas turkey? If you don’t make gravy, perhaps you pour it down the sink thinking it’s hot and will melt away down the pipe? It doesn’t! It dries and goes hard, blocking sinks and drains. Blockages can be expensive to sort out and can cause untreated sewage to run into homes, gardens, streets and even end up in rivers, the sea and on beaches. So please don’t pour fats, oils and greases from cooking food such as roasts or bacon down the sink and don’t let food scraps like rice, peas and beans go down the drain.
To keep your drains in tip top condition pour or scrape fat into a heat resistant container, when cool put in the bin. Wipe food scraps away with kitchen roll and throw into the bin and use a sink strainer to capture food. For larger quantities of oils, contact your local council who’ll let you know how to dispose of them and where your local recycling centre is.
Every year there are 28,000 blockages in sewers across the North West, many of these are avoidable. For more tips on how to keep your sewers clear at Christmas, visit the United Utilities’ Think Before You Pour website www.unitedutilities.com/fattrap

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