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4.—(1) SEPA and any local authority must promptly provide–
(a)such information to the Scottish Ministers about the quality of bathing waters as the Scottish Ministers may by written notice reasonably require; and
(b)such information to a local authority about the quality of the bathing waters in its area as the local authority may by written notice reasonably require.
(2) The Scottish Ministers and SEPA must exercise their relevant functions–
(a)so as to ensure that, by the end of the bathing season in 2015, all bathing waters are classified under regulation 10 as “sufficient”, “good” or “excellent”;
(b)so as to take such realistic and proportionate measures as they consider appropriate with a view to increasing the number of bathing waters classified under regulation 10 as “good” or “excellent”; and
(c)in all other respects, so as to secure compliance with the requirements of the bathing water directive.
(a)paragraph (2)(a) a bathing water may be classified as “poor”, provided the provisions of these Regulations relating to waters so classified are complied with;
(b)paragraph (2)(b) there shall be no obligation to take measures which would result in disproportionate expense or where any change in classification is infeasible.
(4) In this regulation, “relevant functions” means functions under the relevant enactments as defined in section 2 of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003.
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