Our Story

This is the Clean Seas Please report!

This shows the story of our campaign. What the problems were, how we approached them and what we have done over the last two years.

Have a read and enjoy!

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A Brief History Of Clean Seas Please

The Clean Seas Please project, funded by the environment Agency and managed by Rother Voluntary Action and Hastings Voluntary Action, began in 2013. The project came about after the sea bathing sites of Bexhill and Hastings were expected to fail a new EU Directive on the standards for bathing water quality.

Between 2013 and 2015 the Clean Seas Please campaign engaged the communities of Hastings and Bexhill through fun activities and targeted information about the factors that we can change that affect our bathing water quality, namely what we flush, what we put down the sink and how our homes are connected to the waste water system.

Along with the hard work and investment from the statutory agencies involved, the support of Brighton University’s Bright Young Things marketing agency and the enthusiastic involvement of local people we were really pleased that Hastings and Bexhill not only made the grade, they achieved a good rating.

Since 2015 the Environment Agency has continued to fund a low key project managed by RVA. This has helped us to continue to increase knowledge and awareness, help people consider what they do in their homes that affect the sea bathing water quality and increase environmental stewardship. In 2018 a number of team members completed Beach Leader training, level 3, and in 2019 were able to set up regular beach school sessions in the area.

We continue to work with our partners, stakeholders and general public, to continue to spread the word and keep our bathing water as clean as possible for all users.