Oxford Bathing Water Status

BBC News reports: Wild swimming spots in Oxford could be given bathing water status.

Oxford City Council has submitted an application to give Wolvercote stream and Fiddlers Island, near Port Meadow, the special designation.

It would result in the Environment Agency testing pollution levels regularly and the council putting up signage displaying the water quality.

If awarded they would be the second and third sites to get the status, following Ilkley in West Yorkshire.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition backing the move.

Mary Clarkson, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: "Oxford's rivers are well loved, especially during the summer.

"We want to ensure that our rivers are clean and unpolluted in order to help protect the health of Oxford's swimmers, rowers, and anyone else who wants to enjoy them."