Barry beaches found to be safe for dogs

27 January 2016

A comprehensive investigation undertaken by the Vale of Glamorgan Council has found no evidence that the water at Barry Island, and the surrounding coastal areas, poses any risk to animals or humans.


Water samples were analysed and the beach itself thoroughly inspected after the Council received reports of dogs becoming unwell after visiting the beach earlier in the week. The Council has also contacted local vets and spoken to the owners who had reported that their dogs had become ill.


The tests found no contaminants in the water at either Whitmore Bay, Barry Island’s main beach, or nearby Jacksons Bay. The water quality at both was found to be of a level expected for the time of year.


The water quality at both bays is generally very good. The two were rated as ‘excellent’ and ‘good’ by Natural Resources Wales during the 2015 summer season.


The inspection of the beaches found no evidence of any unusual substance, such as the vegetable oil that was found in the area in 2013, to have washed up on either. Both beaches will now be raked and cleaned as a precautionary measure.


The Vale of Glamorgan Council is now advising all visitors that there is no evidence of any of risk to dogs on the beaches and looks forward to welcoming dog walkers back to the sands. The warning signs that were erected earlier this week will now be removed.