Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

West Norfolk beaches given Seaside Awards

West Norfolk beaches given Seaside Awards

Welsh beaches, marinas and boat tour operators have been ranked among the best in the world.

The Blue Flag Award is managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy and internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Thanet remains top of the beach leader board in Kent with six of the county's 10 blue flags to its credit, including a new one for Margate main sands.

Beaches in the south east to win this award are: Worthing Beach, Bognor Regis East, Littlehampton Coastguards and West Wittering.

Prior to that, Shanklin and Sandown held Blue Flags and in 2014, the Isle of Wight was able to boast the highest number of beaches awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards combined, in the country. The award goes to sites with exceptional environmental awareness and water quality.

She added: "These awards, which are not given out lightly, are yet another ringing endorsement of the quality experience and superb facilities that visitors to Sandhaven can enjoy".

Central Beach Skegness, Central Beach Mablethorpe and Central Beach Sutton on Sea have all retained the Award, which looks at the water quality, facilities, beach safety, environmental education and management of the beaches. "Well done to all those involved".

Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "The success of the 148 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches - from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses".

This year's winners will be presented with their flags at a ceremony today on Cromer pier, hosted by North Norfolk District Council.

"Blue Flag and Seaside Awards set the standard for our beaches, including the war against the litter and plastic that does so much damage to our marine environment".

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