Family demands assurance waterways are safe for recreation

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The Banfields, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, often use inflatable kayaks or paddle boards on the Great Ouse and during holidays on the Norfolk Broads. Key worker Joe, 43, said: “For ages, we’ve been able to assume that rivers are suitable for paddle boarding in, or bathing in.

“More and more people during lockdowns wanted to do more stuff on the water. We assumed you could do that safely but actually we’re going backwards rather than forwards.”

Mandy, 43, alongside husband Joe and their children Amelie, 10, Archie, six, and Ayla, four, have been sharing their green journey with Express readers.

The keyworker said: “Wherever we go we’re going to be doubting that the water is clean now so we likely won’t enjoy it as much.

“We need assurances that we’re going to be safe.”

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