• Cllr Brian Dennehy

Blue Flag Status South Beach, Rush

COMHAIRLE CONTAE FHINE GALL

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING

[Services A – Operational Matters]

Thursday, 13th December 2018

ITEM NO. 10



Question: Councillor B. Dennehy

"To ask the Chief Executive to carry out an assessment and present an

implementation phased plan to provide the facilities that will be required to

achieve Blue Flag Status, which will include ancillary items such as public lighting

for the car park, showers etc. for both the South and North Beaches Rush?”

Reply:

Blue Flags are awarded by An Taisce to beaches that meet a range of criteria

including environmental education and information provision, water quality,

environmental management and safety and services.

The required infrastructure facilities are currently in place at Rush South Beach.

The most critical of the award criteria relates to bathing water quality, and

irrespective of the range and standard of infrastructure in place, without

satisfying the water quality criteria, a Blue Flag will not be awarded.

The standard requires that water quality must be ‘Excellent’ on every sampled

occasion over a consecutive four year period. There are a limited number of

instances when bathing water can be classed as ‘good’ and still meet blue flag

standards over the four year period.

The Table below outlines the water quality classification for Rush South Beach

since 2015:

Beach 2018 2017 2016 2015

Rush South Beach Excellent Poor Sufficient Poor

Due to the requirement for 4 consecutive years with “Excellent” Water Quality

the earliest that Rush South Beach would be in a position to apply for a Blue Flag

would be after the 2022 Bathing Season for award for the 2023 season. In the

meantime, the current infrastructure will be maintained to standard.

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