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Three local beaches receive Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2018

Besi Besemar May 22, 2018

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy presents 190 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards.

THIS includes awards to Brighton & Hove City Council for Brighton Central Beach (Blue Flag), Hove Lawns (Blue Flag) and Saltdean (Seaside Award).

Brighton Central, Hove Lawns and Saltdean join the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. All are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton, said: “When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.”

Cllr Alan Robins
Cllr Alan Robins

Cllr Alan Robins, chair of BHCC’s Tourism, Development & Culture Committee, said: “We’re delighted to have our beaches endorsed as among the UK’s best.  It takes an enormous amount of concerted effort by a great number of people to achieve these standards. 

“Special thanks must go to our beach cleaning teams, national and community beach cleaning volunteer groups, the dedicated Seafront Office and Beach Lifeguard Team and our partners at Southern Water who are always looking at methods and measures to improve the water quality along our coastline.”

Chris Ingall, Brighton & Hove’s seafront operations manager, added: “This is great recognition for everyone’s hard work.  As a city we’re promoting the reduction of single use plastics and removal of waste from our beaches. There is still a lot to be done but the tide is turning on this global issue.  

“My message to everyone who comes to our lovely beachfront is to please be considerate, use the bins provided, recycle where possible and leave the place tidy for everyone to enjoy!”

Keep Britain Tidy cares for the environment on your doorstep. They work to eliminate littering, reduce waste and improve public space, running programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/Seaside Awards for beaches.