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The aim of this consultation is to seek views on our proposal to identify The Warren, Hay-on-Wye and Nefyn Beach, Nefyn as bathing waters under the Bathing Water Regulations 2013 for the 2024 bathing season.
Welsh Ministers are required to identify popular bathing waters in Wales, monitor their water quality and keep bathers well informed about water quality at these identified sites. In Wales the bathing season runs from 15 May to 30 September.
One of the requirements under the Regulations is for the Welsh Ministers to annually review and publish the list of identified bathing waters in Wales.
How to respond
Please submit your comments by 19 February 2024.
Please respond to this consultation by answering the questions set out in the response form. Responses can be submitted by:
Water Branch (Bathing Water Consultation)
If you have any queries on this consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 03000250423.
Further information and related documents
Large print, Braille and alternative language versions of this document are available on request.
Mae’r ddogfen yma hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg / This document is also available in Welsh.
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Purpose of the Consultation
The aim of this consultation is to seek views about our proposal to identify The Warren, Hay-on-Wye and Nefyn Beach, Nefyn as designated bathing waters under the Bathing Water Regulations 2013 (the Regulations) for the 2024 bathing season.
The Regulations require Welsh Ministers to annually identify all popular bathing areas in Wales. The objective of the Regulations is to protect bathers’ health against faecal pollution and provide information to the public to enable them to make informed decisions about where and when they bathe.
Bather numbers is the criteria which the Welsh Government will apply when considering whether it is appropriate to designate a site. Any infrastructure or facilities provided, or other measures taken to promote bathing at the site will also be considered.
The Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC which put in place a mechanism to identify bathing waters in the UK forms part of retained EU law in Wales. The Bathing Water Regulations 2013 specify the statutory requirements associated with the management of bathing waters in Wales.
The Regulations require Welsh Ministers to annually identify popular bathing areas in Wales. The objective of the Regulations is to protect bathers’ health and inform bathers of potential health hazards associated with poor water quality.
There are currently 109 designated bathing waters in Wales. Once a bathing water has been designated, the water quality is tested by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to support the bathing season, which runs from 15 May to 30 September. Designated bathing waters are classified as excellent, good, sufficient or poor depending on water quality sampling results. The bathing water quality classifications are based on two microbiological parameters: intestinal enterococci and E.coli.
The results of individual designated bathing waters in Wales are published on the Welsh government's website
Bathing waters are valuable for the recreational opportunities they provide to the people of Wales, the local economy and tourism. The Welsh Governments’ Programme for Government makes a commitment to begin to designate Wales’ inland waters for recreation, strengthening water quality monitoring to enable inland waters to reach the same high standards achieved by Wales’ beaches.
Request to identify The Warren, Hay-on-Wye as a Bathing Water
We have received a request from Friends of the Upper Wye for The Warren, Hay-on-Wye (OS Grid Ref: SO220426) to be considered for designation as a bathing water for the 2024 bathing season. The Warren as well as being situated within the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, the site is a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) and Special area of Conservation (SAC) which are designated for riverine features.
Evidence and information provided by Friends of the Upper Wye in support of the application for The Warren, Hay-on-Wye
The application provided a bathing water survey for The Warren, Hay-on-Wye which identified over 1,300 swimmers and paddlers using the beach between 1 May 2022 and 20 September 2022. Over the same period, approximately 3000 other beach users were identified in the survey.
The survey data was compiled by Friends of the Upper Wye’s team of volunteers over the 2022 bathing season (May 15 to September 30).
There is a carpark at the end of the rough track running down to the meadow with room for approximately 8 cars. Other parking is available in Hay-on-Wye. A public footpath runs above the riverbank.
Evidence of support
Information was provided on a local consultation and support for the proposed designation was evidenced by a photo taken at a specially convened public meeting in Hay-on-Wye on 5 December 2022, attended by more than 100 people who unanimously approved the application by a show of hands.
Request to identify Nefyn Beach as a bathing water
We have received a request from a member of the public for Nefyn Beach (SH300408) to be considered for designation as a bathing water for the 2024 bathing season.
Evidence and information provided by a member of the public in support of the application for Nefyn Beach
The application provided a bathing water survey for Nefyn Beach which was compiled by the applicant and a local swim group identified over 460 swimmers and paddlers using the beach between 5 April 2023 and 20 September 2023. The survey was taken over a period of approx. 154 days with people swimming for approx. 77 days. Photographic evidence showing members of the public in the water and on the beach was also provided.
The application provided information regarding facilities at or nearby the site, including, public toilets and baby change facilities, parking nearby, life rings, kiosks and shops.
Evidence of support
Evidence was provided on local consultation and support for the proposed designation from individuals, local groups, and businesses.
Next steps following the consultation
All the responses to this consultation will be analysed and considered and the Welsh Government will publish a summary of responses.
Consultation Response Form
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Do you agree or disagree with our proposal to designate The Warren, Hay-on-Wye as a bathing water for the 2024 bathing season?
What is your view on the proposal and your reason/evidence to support your view?
Do you agree or disagree with our proposal to designate Nefyn Beach as a bathing water for the 2024 bathing season?
What is your view on the proposal and your reason/evidence to support your view?
We would like to know your views on the effects the proposals would have on the Welsh language, specifically on opportunities for people to use Welsh and on treating the Welsh language no less favourably than English.
What effects do you think there would be? How could positive effects be increased, or negative effects be mitigated?
Please also explain how you believe the proposed actions could be formulated or changed to have positive effects or increased positive effects on opportunities for people to use the Welsh language and on treating the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language.
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