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Reaction To Blue Flag Awards On Yorkshire Coast

Reaction To Blue Flag Awards On Yorkshire Coast

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 2:08pm 21st May 2015.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Scarborough Borough Council have been reacting to the latest Blue Flag awards for beaches on the Yorkshire coast.

They recognise the highest standards for water cleanliness and facilities.

Bridlington's North Beach has got one for the first time since 2012.

Ian Rayner, Tourism Service Manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: "I think people in this day and age look for quality and they look for a safe environment. It gives them the confidence that the bathing water is clean and it gives them that confidence to come along and enjoy a day at the resort.

"All that work, in terms of the infastructure through the water companies, has resulted in that water quality being excellent or good. We're optimistic that next season it'll all be excellent, each resort will have an excellent result and therefore achieve more blue flags."

Scarborough's North Bay and Whitby also have a Blue Flag this year.

But the South Bay in Scarborough missed out.

Filey didn't get one either, although they and others got a Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy,  which means they're still of a high standard.

Andrew Backhouse. the new Cabinet Member for Tourism at Scarborough Borough Council said: "Let's not forget the Blue Flag is not just about the bathing water quality. It's about the access to facilities near the beach, public conveniences and everything that goes with it. We're a little bit disappointed, but we will get there, absolutely.

"Let's also not forget the criteria has been ramped up, we've got to be so much more than we used to be to get the Blue Flags. All credit to North Bay and Whitby, and we look forward to getting it back on South Bay and Filey."

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