Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth sewage spills destroy business
The owner of a unique sea exercise business has said she will not survive the growing number of sewage warnings off Falmouth’s most prestigious Blue Flag beach after 11 were issued in just eight days .
Jo Curd, also involved in the group She Swims, started longecoteuk five years ago but fears the ever-increasing number of sewage scares on Gyllyngvase and Swanpool Beach could bankrupt her, prompting her to write a Desperate tweet.
—Jojo Radcliffe (@longecoteuk) September 8, 2022
“I’ve run the business for five years and in the last five years I’ve had three or four sewer alerts at this time of year in Gylly and Swanpool,” she told The Packet. “So we would end up in Maenporth, but in the first eight days of September this year we had 11 alerts. I didn’t even know you could get more than one alert a day. It’s really much worse than ever. been before.”
Jo Curd with her husband and members of her exercise group on Gylly Beach
Longe-côte, originally from the north of France, consists of walking, and practicing static exercises, at sea, with water up to your waist. Jo was so inspired to attend classes while living there that she set up the first classes in Falmouth when she and her husband returned to the UK in 2017.
However, she said she had already lost numbers to Covid and had only just found her feet when she had to start canceling classes again due to the number of sewage spills between Gylly Beach and Swanpool.
“At this time of year I would normally have about ten and twelve people and last week the first clear day in terms of a sewage alert three people canceled me that morning because they weren’t happy to come in, which obviously I’m not going to say they have to, but it’s really bad for business If I rely on three people to make ends meet and three d between them cancel the morning of class, that’s all.
She says sometimes there is scum to the left of the beach towards Castle Beach then sometimes there is scum to the right of the beach towards Swanpool where the sewage outlet is and you can smell it .
She says recent changes to rules on allowing water companies to dump excess waste water into seas and rivers have left her desperate. “The water companies are not being held accountable and the CEO got a £1.5m bonus last year and all the shareholders are getting what they need,” she said. “Nothing is going to change. They are still taking advantage of us paying the bills but not doing what needs to be done.”
She says she contacted Cherilyn Mackrory, MP for South West Water and Falmouth and Truro, but the only one to address her concerns was Labor councilor and potential MP for Falmouth Jayne Kirkham.
The Pennon Group, owner of South West Water, has just announced its full year results, saying it has good momentum to execute on its strategy, provide continued customer support and continued investment in the protection and improvement of the environment of the South West.
The company says it recently outlined the next step in its environmental strategy, WaterFit – accelerating and expanding plans to protect and improve South West water for future generations.
It says WaterFit will significantly reduce the use of storm overflows, maintain the South West’s excellent bathing water quality standards throughout the year, reduce and then eliminate the company’s impact on quality water from rivers by 2030.
Susan Davy, CEO of Pennon and South West Water, said: “We are doing more for our customers than ever and bringing about the step change we all want for our rivers and seas, for the greater South West and for generations to come. come. .
“With our largest environmental program in 15 years, we are accelerating our plans to radically change the health of rivers and seas, building on our track record of 100% coastal bathing water quality, with WaterFit, offering a tangible difference to communities and customers in the region over the next 3 years, and no impact on bills.
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Despite voting against an amendment to stop water companies dumping sewage into the sea saying it was unworkable, MP Cherilyn Mackrory is calling for tougher penalties for companies that continue to dump waste in the sea.
Gyllyngvase Beach is a Blue Flag beach, a prestigious award given to beaches that have no industrial, sewage or sewage discharges affecting the beach.
You can find out more about Jo’s Longe-côte courses at www.facebook.com/longecoteuk