A green charity has made an official complaint about the Scottish Government's allegedly “unlawful” approach to protecting bathing waters from sewage leaks.
More than half of Scotland’s most popular beaches have been contaminated with sewage in breach of safety limits this summer.
At least 25 beaches across Scotland have been contaminated with sewage in breach of safety limits in June and July.
As many as 30 beaches across Scotland have been polluted in breach of sewage safety limits so far this summer, according to official monitoring.
Ten popular bathing waters around the southern Scottish coastline are so badly contaminated with human and animal faeces that they are a danger to public health.
Scottish beaches rated as “poor” for pollution have been given awards for “cleanliness”, prompting accusations that the public have been misled.