North Norfolk beaches awarded Blue Flags

Just Regional
May 20, 2014 3 mins read

From Whitley Bay to Clacton, Margate to Torbay, England can now boast some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world. And North Norfolk has five of them, with prestigious Blue Flags for Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley and Sea Palling beaches, and a Seaside Award for East Runton beach.

Today, Tuesday 20 May, Keep Britain Tidy announced the winners of the 2014 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. In total 168 beaches received an award with 56 beaches gaining the Blue Flag and 112 picking up the Seaside Award. 23 of the beaches have received both awards.

Cllr Glyn Williams, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural Services, said, “We are delighted that with four Blue Flag resort beaches and one Seaside Award, North Norfolk offers one of the very best stretches of sandy coast in the country. This confirms the district as a wonderfully clean, tidy and safe place to live and to visit, with some of the best seaside resorts anywhere.”

Visitors to the newly awarded sites are not only assured of a great day out at some of our best loved beaches but can have confidence that their visit will be both safe and enjoyable with all beaches having to maintain high standards of management, cleanliness and safety.

For many people going to the beach also means a dip in the sea. The water quality at all award winning beaches meets the required European Union standards, with the water quality at Blue Flag beaches subject to even tougher tests, meeting the very highest international standards.

Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in England, said: “It’s fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that over 160 beaches will be flying a flag that guarantees the public the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer. 

”Keep Britain Tidy is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and over the last sixty years we have tirelessly campaigned to improve the quality of our local environment. We have some fantastic coastline and we know that communities up and down the country love their beaches. They provide opportunities for people to get outside, relax and have fun for free, whilst visitors to our beaches often provide support for local jobs and inward investment at sea front resorts.

“We know that for many holiday makers and day-trippers clean, safe beaches, with good water quality and facilities are important factors in deciding which beach to visit and the continuing quality of management at these beaches is a real testament to the dedication, hard work and investment that Local Authorities and other beach managers put in year after year.

“The sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a great time”

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