Two Sunderland beaches achieve Blue Flag status

Two Sunderland beaches achieve Blue Flag status

FROM today, 15 beaches in the south east of England will be able to fly a Blue Flag - an global award that tells the public it's one of the best beaches in the world.

The Waterfront marina has been re-certified Blue Flag, an global eco-certification for beaches and marinas, which its maintained each year since 2012.

The Blue Flag represents the internationally recognized gold standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.

The awards also acknowledge that Sandhaven has met the required European Union standards for water quality.

The Blue Flag certification is awarded to recipients every year.

In total, 65 beaches around the country can now proudly fly a Blue Flag - an worldwide award which means visitors can be sure they are clean and safe.

30 years on, Wales now has more Blue Flags per mile than anywhere else in the UK.

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

Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, Coun Amy Wilson added: "The awards are national recognition of our bathing beaches as being among the best in the country, and are testament to the hard work of everyone involved in helping them stay that way.

When you see a Blue Flag raised at a beach or marina, you know that it's clean, sustainably managed, and a safe place to swim", she said in a statement.

Unclean water, litter and dog mess were given as the top reasons in the study carried out by Keep Britain Tidy.

A quarter of children have never been swimming in the sea off the coast of Britain and almost one in five (18%) have never set foot on a British beach, according to a survey of 2,000 parents.

Four in five parents said the unsanitary conditions put them off taking youngsters to the seaside and a third of children have not been on holiday to the coast.