Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

17 May, 2018, 15:15 | Author: Hope Soto
  • The City of Barrie Marina is one of nine marinas in Canada which were certified with a Blue Flag this year

What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough global bathing water quality standards. The City of Barrie Marina has been Blue Flag certified since 2015.

Swanage Central beach has also picked up both awards.

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled the 91 sites across the country that have met the high standards needed to receive the prestigious Blue Flag, Green Coast Award and Seaside Award - a total of 149 awards for Wales.

Weymouth Central beach was given its first Blue Flag award in 15 years in 2016.

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.

The announcement means the South West retains its title as Britain's beach capital, having won more awards than anywhere else in the country.

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Parents told a survey they were put off by litter-strewn beaches and pollution in the sea.

Beaches with a Blue Flag must meet strict environmental and water quality standards.

Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Blue Flag leads the fightback for the Blue Planet". Clean beaches are vital to our summer-time economy, they draw huge numbers of visitors every year, supporting our local businesses and helping to maintain and create jobs for local people.

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards, including 65 global Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards.

The blue flag represents the internationally recognized gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities. We are committed to creating a great environment on our doorstep for everyone to enjoy and offering a quality mark that shows everyone just how fantastic our beaches can be.

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