Sewage warnings issued at Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Sidmouth.

 

Devon beaches you shouldn’t swim at as sewage warnings issued including Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Sidmouth.

Colleen Smith www.devonlive.com

 

People are being advised not to go into the sea at several beaches across Devon by Surfers Against Sewage who monitor discharge from sewers and water quality.

Alerts are in place for 14 beaches across the county – three in North Devon and 11 in South Devon.

Pollution levels are currently high due to the recent rainfall.

The poor water quality at one beach in Torbay has pushed one angry resident into labeling the resort ‘Turd-baydos’ – a play on the frequently used Torbaydos hashtag, referring to the Barbaydos-style image of sunshine and palm trees.

Holidaymakers on Torquay seafront stopped to film a homemade road sign beside Torre Abbey beach also warned: “The Victorian sewer at Preston will kill all marine life if it is not repaired right now.”

Torbay Council were asked for a comment as the sign also alleges corruption. The council press office did not wish to comment.

The sign warns holidaymakers “Turdbaydos is due to close”

But it comes as Surfers Against Sewage, which monitors discharge from sewers and water quality, has issued a number of new warnings across Devon, some following heavy rainfall.

At Preston Sands near Paignton it says bathing is not recommended. It says: “There is a sewer overflow that discharges at the northern end of the beach from the Preston Green Attenuation Tank.”

The information below was correct at the time of publication, however, these alerts may change during the course of the day.

Preston Sands Paignton

Pollution Risk Warning: Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.
Preston Sands is a large, popular sandy beach backed by a large town green and the town of Preston. There is a sewer overflow that discharges at the northern end of the beach from the Preston Green Attenuation Tank. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Meadfoot Beach Torquay

Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.
Located on a headland between Babbacombe and Torquay is a shingle and rock beach backed by a low sea wall and imposing cliffs. It is situated in one of Britain’s most popular seaside resort areas in the heart of the English Riviera . Although there are no sewer overflows discharging directly onto the beach here, there are various sewer overflows from the surrounding urban catchment that may affect bathing water quality here. Water quality can also be impacted by diffuse pollution.

Bigbury-on-Sea South

Pollution Risk Warning: Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.
At the mouth of the River Avon, Bigbury-on-sea South connects Burgh Island to the mainland at low tide. It is a sandy beach approximately 450m wide. There is a disused sewer overflow on Bigbury-on-Sea with several others located on Bigbury-on-Sea North beach, just to the north of this beach. Sewer overflow discharges into the River Avon may also affect water quality here. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Bantham

Pollution Risk Warning: Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.
A sandy beach at the mouth of the River Avon, Bantham is a fairly remote beach backed by sand dunes and popular with surfers. Bantham is very popular with surfers with good beach break peaks and barrelling waves being common. There are no sewer overflows directly on the beach however a number discharge into the River Avon further upstream while the urban areas of Bantham and Buckland behind the beach also have sewer overflows that may affect bathing water here. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton

Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.
With its famous large, smooth pebbles playing an integral part in its designation as an Ancient World Heritage Coastline, Budleigh Salterton is a 2km stretch of resort beach with red cliffs at the western end and the River Otter Estuary at the eastern and backed by a promenade and the town. There are three sewer overflows discharging around Budleigh Salterton. One discharges directly onto the beach, one 400m east of the bathing water and another that discharges to the sea 1.3km away. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Shaldon

Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.
Shaldon is located on the west side of the Teign estuary facing east to Teignmouth. It is a sandy beach, 1.3km in length next to the town of Shaldon. There is a sewer overflow on the other side of the estuary, some 220m away. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting

Teignmouth Holcombe

Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.
A small sand and rock beach located at the base of tall red cliffs, Holcombe is an isolated beach backed by cliffs and a railway line. A sewer overflow discharges into the Holcombe Stream 40m upstream of the beach. Water quality can also be impacted by diffuse pollution.

Dawlish Coryton Cove

Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.
Historically known as Gentlemans Cove due to the privacy it offered, Coryton Cove is a secluded, sandy beach backed by red cliffs and the train track. A sewer overflow discharges over the rocks at the southern end of the beach. Water quality can also be impacted by diffuse pollution.

Dawlish Town

Pollution Risk Warning: Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.
Dawlish Town is on the south coast of Devon. It is a sandy beach resort, approximately 650 metres wide, close to the town and cliffs. There are five storm overflows covered by the Safer Seas Service within 650m off the beach which can operate in heavy rainfall. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Exmouth

Exmouth beach on 30/5/20 (Image: Sheila Chalmers)

Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.
Exmouth is a large sandy resort beach at the mouth of the River Exe backed by a promenade and the town. A memento of its Victorian heyday fine gardens and parks also back the beach. There is a sewer overflow discharging through an outfall to the SE that may affect bathing water quality. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Sidmouth Town

Sidmouth beach huts

Sidmouth beach huts

Pollution Risk Warning: Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.
Rock pools to the west, overhanging cliffs to the east, Sidmouth Town beach compromises 900m of legally protected pebbles broken up by rock groynes and backed by a promenade and the town. Two storm overflows are located at Sidmouth, one discharges through a long-sea outfall some 600m out to sea while the other discharges into the River Sid, just under 400m to the east. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Lynmouth

Pollution Risk Warning: Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.
The East and West Lynn Rivers meet just behind the beach and meet the sea as the Lynn River in the middle of a large expanse of shingle and rock. Lynmouth is backed by wooded cliffs and is on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Two sewer overflows discharge into the River Lynn, one upstream and one up the beach. Other overflows from the surrounding urban areas of Lynton and Lynmouth also flow into the River Lynn and may affect bathing water quality. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

Combe Martin

Bathing not advised due to Poor annual classification.
BATHING NOT ADVISED DUE TO POOR ANNUAL CLASIFICATION. Backed by a small resort village, Combe Martin is a sandy beach in a sheltered valley at the western edge of Exmoor National Park. The River Umber flows through a channel at the western side of the beach. A combined sewer overflow exists on the Umber River 30m upstream of the beach, with two more further upstream. Work was completed in 2015 to reduce their frequency of operation. Other inputs from the surrounding catchment may also affect water quality at Combe Martin.

Ilfracombe Wildersmouth

Bathing not advised due to Poor annual classification.
BATHING NOT ADVISED DUE TO POOR ANNUAL CLASIFICATION. A small, sand and shingle cove located directly below the town of Ilfracombe. With cliffs to the northern end the East and West Wilder Brooks which meet in the town flow out to sea here via a tunnel on the west side. A sewer overflow discharges some 30m upstream of the beach into the Wilder Brook. Other overflows for the surrounding catchment are may also affect water quality here. This location is covered by Pollution Risk Forecasting.

One thought on “Sewage warnings issued at Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Sidmouth.

  1. Smelt it 2 mornings ago by the Budleigh pumping station as I looked at the Seaside Beach Award flag flying merrily over the Lime Kiln carpark. Our combined sewage system cannot cope with the storm discharges added to the sewage so it is more than likely that discharges occurred upstream from villages into the River Otter as well.

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