National bathing water enhancement scheme rolled out in Selsey

Residents and visitors in Selsey will soon be visited by a shoal of printed yellow fish, as Chichester District Council introduces a national scheme to help improve bathing water in the area.

The Yellow Fish project is a national campaign created by the Environment Agency, which involves stenciling a yellow fish symbol beside drains to raise awareness of the importance of keeping the country’s bathing waters clean.

This bathing season, Chichester District Council will be bringing the Yellow Fish project to Selsey. Yellow fish symbols will be stencilled on kerbsides near drains using environmentally friendly paint. The yellow fish aim to remind people that any waste entering the drains may go directly to the nearest watercourse or beach, causing pollution and harming wildlife.

“We are delighted to be introducing this important project to Selsey,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council. “Many people don’t realise that when they pour fat, oils or other waste down their drains or road gullies, this negatively affects our bathing water and wildlife. Campaigns like Yellow Fish really help to engage the community and make a positive impact on our local environment.

“Bathing water at Selsey achieved ‘Excellent’ status by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for the 2019 bathing season and it is important to us that work continues to ensure this status is retained.”

To find out more about the Yellow Fish Project, visit www.chichester.gov.uk/pollutioncontrolwaterquality