Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for Summer 2022. Fylde Council are delighted to say that St Annes beach has met the high standard required to receive the Seaside Award.
Councillor Thomas Threlfall, Chair of Fylde Council’s Environment, Health and Housing Committee, said: “It’s our great privilege to receive the Seaside Award this year, and it’s thanks to the dedication of the volunteers and staff who keep our beachfront clean and beautiful that we’ll be proud to fly the flag. We ask that visitors leave nothing but their footprints, so that everyone can continue to enjoy the sands.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “The success of St Annes in reaching the high standards demanded is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our blue spaces – from beach managers and volunteers to residents and businesses. The huge commitment needed to maintain marvellous beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.
“People who visit a beach flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.”
The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches.
Blue Flag is an international award managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is only presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes, while Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.
Among the criteria beaches are assessed against are:
- Safety and services, such as first aid, lifeguards where necessary
- Environmental information including displaying details about local eco systems
- Water quality – Blue Flag beaches must meet the ‘excellent’ water quality standard as set out in the EU bathing water directive and Seaside Award winners must meet the ‘sufficient’ standard.
- Environmental management, including litter and waste.
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