Bathing waters at three beaches in the Vale of Glamorgan have been rated as good or excellent against tough standards set by the European Union.
The waters of beaches at Barry’s Whitmore Bay and at Southerndown received the highest rating of excellent for the third year running. In the same review of bathing water throughout Europe Jackson’s Bay in Barry was rated as good.
Samples of the water at beaches across Wales were taken by Natural Resources Wales between May and September and verified by the European Commission.
Councillor Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Visible, Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “This is excellent news for the Vale of Glamorgan and its residents. The Vale boasts some of the most scenic beaches in Wales and for the third consecutive year we can now lay claim to having some of the cleanest water in Europe. The importance of achieving these water quality ratings cannot be underestimated in terms of bringing visitors to the Vale.”