Use The Outdoor Swimming Society Inland Access Guide if you need support in explaining to the landowner or local authority what it means in becoming a designated site from a liability point of view. It’s important to remember that once a site is designated there is no more or no less liability placed on the landowner.
Depending on which government agency you are applying to, your local authority may be required to support your application. Contact them early in your plans to discuss why you are applying, what the pollution issues are and the benefits of bathing water designation. If you are finding it difficult to reach the relevant local authority department your councillor may be able to help you with this. The Environmental Protection or Planning teams will be a good place to start.
One way to get local authority support is to put a motion to your council and have councillors’ support it. This sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Almost everyone agrees the level of river pollution is unacceptable and want to see that change. This can help because it will give council officers a clear steer that this is what the council want to see. Some applications can get stalled for a long time by council bureaucracy.
Within your application you must provide evidence that you have the local authority and landowners support in submitting an application. This evidence should be a letter or an email.