Consultation outcome

Bathing waters: designating 8 beaches in Cornwall

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Summary of responses

Detail of outcome

These beaches will be designated as bathing waters with effect from 15 May 2018:

  • Booby’s Bay
  • Fistral South
  • Godrevy Towans
  • Gwynver
  • Mexico Towans
  • Northcott Mouth
  • Tregonhawke
  • Upton Towans

Detail of feedback received

We received 153 responses to this consultation and we are considering these. We will publish the decision on whether the beaches will be designated as bathing waters before the 2018 bathing season.

Original consultation


Seeking views on proposals to designate 8 beaches in Cornwall as bathing waters.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about a proposal to designate eight beaches in Cornwall as bathing waters under the Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC). This follows an application we have received from Cornwall Council. The beaches being considered are:

  • Booby’s Bay, near St Merryn
  • Godrevy, The Towans, Hayle
  • Gwynver, Whitesand Bay
  • Northcott Mouth, near Bude
  • South Fistral, Newquay
  • Mexico Towan, Hayle
  • Tregonhawke, Whitsand Bay
  • Upton Towan, Hayle

We have published evidence of facilities and usage at each site. You can also read the criteria for designation and de-designation of bathing waters.

This consultation will be of interest to the recreation sector, leisure and tourism industries, beach users, environmental campaigners and families.

Published 15 March 2017
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses added and decision made to designate the 8 beaches (Booby’s Bay, Fistral South, Godrevy Towans, Gwynver, Mexico Towans, Northcott Mouth, Tregonhawke, Upton Towans) as bathing waters.
  2. First published.