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The city's two bathing beaches have kept their top ratings for water quality.

Southsea East and Eastney beaches will have the classification 'excellent' for next year's season, the government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced. This is the second year running that Southsea East has had an excellent rating, while Eastney has had the top classification for some time.

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "We're very proud of our beaches, which are so popular with residents and visitors. It's great to see that they've retained their excellent ratings for another year. Southsea has been completely turned around and now we have wonderful clean water."

The water at both sites is tested by the Environment Agency.

For more information, go to environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

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