Coastal Awards rank Welsh beaches among the best in the world

Aboiteau Beach becomes the first Blue Flag-certified New Brunswick beach

Aboiteau Beach becomes the first Blue Flag-certified New Brunswick beach

This year, Great Western in Newquay has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time and the South West held on to its crown as Britain's beach capital, having been awarded 26 Blue Flags and 50 Seaside Awards.

Thanet remains top of the beach leader board in Kent with six of the county's 10 blue flags to its credit, including a new one for Margate main sands.

Seaton Carew's main beach has once again been granted a Seaside Award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy - which is only given to English beaches which meet the highest standards of beach management.

The awards also acknowledge that both Roker and Seaburn have met the required European Union standards for water quality.

The other beaches to win awards are: Tankerton in Canterbury, Marina St Leonards in Hastings, and Sheerness Beach, Minster Leas and Leysdown Beach in Swale, Kent.

Mayor Serge Léger said the designation could increase tourist spending in the village
Mayor Serge Léger said the designation could increase tourist spending in the village

Roker and Seaburn are listed among 65 beaches in the United Kingdom to receive the global Blue Flag award and two of 125 to secure the Seaside Award.

The winners were announced by Keep Wales Tidy on a year which marks the 30th anniversary of the Blue Flag. Unsurprisingly many are put off by our inclement weather, but sadly the cleanliness of the beach is another major cause for concern - with 40% worrying about unclean water, 38% put off by litter and 42% apprehensive about finding dog poo.

The worldwide Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough global bathing water quality standards.

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.

It's fantastic to see so many of our beaches receiving these awards, which is testament to the work being done by our partners and communities across Wales to keep our beaches and waters clean.

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