Criteria to be used for identification
The term ‘large numbers of bathers’ is not defined by the Directive but should be assessed in light of past trends at the site or to any infrastructure or facilities provided to promote bathing.
Generally, a ‘large number of bathers’ will be found at popular, well-used bathing waters and lakes where bathing is encouraged and facilities for bathers have been provided. European law and practice has made it clear that the number of bathers is not the only relevant criterion for identifying bathing waters
In making your submission in relation to the identification of bathing water sites, it might be helpful to consider the following factors, in addition to numbers using the site:
- Past trends;
- Infrastructure or facilities provided (including accessibility);
- Safety considerations