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Images show Cllr Warren Davies, Galen Fulford Managing Director -Biomatrix, Cllr Peter Chowney at Alexandra Park

Cllr Warren Davies, Galen Fulford Managing Director from Biomatrix, and Cllr Peter Chowney at Alexandra Park

Water quality improvements completed at Alexandra Park

Essential measures to improve the quality of the water travelling through Alexandra Park, Hastings have now been completed after a two year programme of innovative ecological and engineering integration.

The water in the park was found to contain a level of contaminates that meant that the water flowing through the park and out to sea was at risk of failing EU regulations for bathing water quality.

Together with partners The Environment Agency, The Landscape Group and specialist contractor, Biomatrix, Hastings Borough Council has now completed the final phase of water quality improvements in the park.

Images show Cllr Warren Davies, Galen Fulford Managing Director -Biomatrix, Cllr Peter Chowney at Alexandra Park

Three men in a stream: Cllr Warren Davies, Galen Fulford from Biomatrix and Cllr Peter Chowney at Alexandra Park

“We are really proud of the innovative measures that have been put in place in Alexandra Park to ensure that we have safe, top quality bathing water on our beaches” said Cllr Warren Davies, the council’s lead member for the environment.

“With the specialist expert guidance from Biomatrix, who have implemented projects as far afield as Shanghai and Seattle, we have been able to introduce sustainable natural ways of filtering out contaminants in the waterways whilst retaining and enhancing the natural beauty of the park.

“The combination of slowing the flow of water, a series of natural filtration and aeration methods and planted floating islands has all enabled us to meet the bathing water quality targets, but have also meant that we have created a very unique system for managing water quality – a first for an urban park. Our thanks must go to our partners for their expertise and commitment to this project.”

This year Alexandra Park has once again been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award for excellence and Marina Beach, St Leonards has been awarded both the prestigious Blue Flag Award and the Seaside Award and Pelham Beach, Hastings has been awarded the Seaside Award.

 

Posted 13:31 Thursday, Sep 8, 2016 In: Home Ground

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