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Blue Flag Status Awarded to Yorkshire Coast Beaches

Blue Flag Status Awarded to Yorkshire Coast Beaches

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:05am 20th May 2015.

This year 16 beaches across Yorkshire will be flying flags that tell the public they are the best in the country.


Four of the region’s beaches will now be flying the Blue Flag Award - the international standard for the best beaches in the world - an increase on last year’s total. Bridlington North is a new recipient of the Blue Flag Award this year.


In addition, 14 beaches have received the Seaside Award – Keep Britain Tidy’s own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities. Scarborough North Bay and Whitby beaches achieved both the Blue Flag and Seaside Award this year.


Winning the Blue Flag Award are Scarborough North Bay, Whitby, Bridlington North and Hornsea.

Winning the Seaside Award are Withernsea, Bridlington South, Wilsthorpe, Fraisthorpe, Danes Dyke, South Landing, Scarborough South Bay, Filey, Runswick Bay, Cayton Bay, Sandsend, Robin Hoods Bay, Scarborough North Bay and Whitby.

A spokesperson from the Yorkshire Bathing Water Partnership says:

“As a multi-agency partnership we recognise the importance of Blue Flags to the coastal tourism economy. That’s why we’ve been working together since 2010, to improve bathing water quality right along Yorkshire’s coastline.


“We’re pleased that four of Yorkshire’s beaches have reached the required water quality standard for Blue Flag status which is an improvement from last year. Yorkshire Water completed a major £40 million investment at Bridlington and the bathing water has since been able to undergo a reclassification process. Bridlington North is therefore now able to achieve the Blue Flag water quality standard.


“The remaining four resort beaches are on their way to reaching Blue Flag standard and we’ll continue to work as a partnership to put them in the best possible place to reach this level in the future.”


Across the country, 140 beaches are now flying awards: 60 beaches being awarded the Blue Flag Award, 111 Seaside Awards and 31 beaches achieving both.


Both the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean and safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well the tough bathing water quality standards.


Keep Britain Tidy’s Coastal Awards manager Paul Todd said: ‘It is great to be able to celebrate another fantastic year for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.


‘As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.


‘The public can be sure, if they visit a Blue Flag or Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world.’


England can now boast more Blue Flag Award-winning beaches than Cyprus or Mexico and now ranks in the Top Ten in the world for beaches that meet the very high standards set for the award.


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