Monday, 21 May, 2018

Thanet boasts the most beach blue flags in Kent

Medmerry Beach Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag
Melinda Barton | 17 May, 2018, 12:30

It has been awarded to Blackpool South beach, which is among 65 Blue Flag beaches recognised in England this year.

Of the 125 Seaside Awards handed out this year, 50 went to the South-west, 21 to the South-east and the East of England picked up 18.

The sandy beaches of Shanklin have been awarded a Seaside Award for 2018 by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The other beaches to win awards are: Tankerton in Canterbury, Marina St Leonards in Hastings, and Sheerness Beach, Minster Leas and Leysdown Beach in Swale, Kent. The views from Weymouth Beach and the bay are spectacular, stretching across the horizon and taking in the Jurassic Coastline.

"Keep Britain Tidy leads the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches". Our research shows that almost two thirds (65%) of parents would prefer to visit beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status, so growing the number of beaches with an award is vital to encourage more families to visit our handsome coastline.

Blue Flag Awards West Sussex  West Wittering beach

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards, including 65 worldwide Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards.

The findings come as Keep Britain Tidy announces the annual winners of it Blue Flag awards for best beaches and Seaside Awards.

Blackpool North beach opposite the Tower, Blackpool Central beach and Bispham beach have also been given Seaside Award status by Keep Britain Tidy.

Coun Moira Smith, the South Tyneside Council's lead member for area management and community safety, said: "We are thrilled that Sandhaven Beach has received the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards once again. Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".