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Leven East
Leven East

DESPITE losing its prestigious Blue Flag status, Leven beach is still very much open for business.

That’s the message being pressed by the area’s committee chair, Councillor Tom Adams, after increased rainfall was blamed for diminishing the water quality of the Leven east stretch of beach.

Keep Scotland Beautiful confirmed that SEPA water quality tests taken since June 1 had returned below standard for the stringent Blue Flag criteria.

However, Cllr Adams told the Mail that the beach was still available for use.

He said: “We’ve lost the Blue Flag for water quality but still have our Yellow Flags and will have our lifeguards down there.

“If SEPA tests the water between June 1 and September 15 and more than two out of 20 tests come back having failed then your Blue Flag is taken away.

“But I’m told that the water is now back up to the quality that it was before.

“I’m disappointed by it but it’s not going to shut the beach and Leven is still very much open.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful confirmed Leven had “narrowly missed” the guideline standard in its tests but it was “firmly on track” to meet mandatory EU bathing water directives.

It’s not the first time that Leven has been given a Blue Flag only for it to be snatched back quickly afterwards.

The same happened in 2008 before it was won back two years later.

Cllr Adams told the Mail that efforts would now be turned to making sure that Leven returned to a Blue Flag beach as quickly as possible.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, which administers the Blue Flag in Scotland, said he was “bitterly disappointed” the award has been withdrawn, but was pleased that Leven will continue to be actively managed.