Middleton-on-Sea has come out top in the Bognor area according to the latest bathing water quality results.
The Environment Agency figures, released today (November 8) saw it awarded the top grade of three stars - or ‘excellence’ - for the third year running.
Meanwhile Aldwick was deemed to be at the opposite end of the chart recorded as ‘sufficient’ with just one star.
This is a fall from ‘good’ which was achieved in 2015, 2014 and 2013.
The report stated the bathing water at Aldwick is ‘subject to short term pollution’.
Causes for this were listed as ‘heavy rainfall washes faecal material into the sea from livestock, sewage and urban drainage via rivers and streams’.
However it added the water quality, following rainfall, ‘typically returns to normal after one-three days’.
In 2016, so far, it stated five warnings ‘advising against swimming due to an increase risk of short term pollution’ were issued for Bognor Regis (Aldwick) bathing water for this reason.
Pagham, Felpham and Bognor Regis (east) all recieved a ‘good’ two star rating.
For Felpham and Bognor Regis (east) this is consistant with previous years, however for Pagham it is a drop from ‘excellence’ recorded in 2013 and 2014 - attributed by some to a change to stricter criteria.
In Felpham the Environment Agency also indicated short term pollution caused by heavy rainfall was a risk and that it has seen six warnings advising against swimming due to this so far in 2016.
For Bognor Regis (east) the investigation stated surveys in recent years have ‘showed that the bathing water can be affected by contaminated flows from the Aldingbourne Rife but this is unlikely to affect bathing water compliance’.
Across Sussex there were 14 ‘excellent’ bathing waters, 12 ‘good’ and one ‘sufficient’ recorded.