Blue Flag success for Island beaches

Sandown beach scooped both a Blue Flag and Quality Coast Award.

BEACHES on the Isle of Wight have topped the table in the latest Blue Flag awards.

Three beaches have scooped both Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards and 11 have been given Quality Coast Awards by Keep Britain Tidy, which runs the Blue Flag scheme.

The 14 awards put the Island at the top of the table in the South East for the second year in a row. Thanet was second with ten awards.

Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor retained their Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards, while Colwell, Cowes, East Cowes, Gurnard, Seagrove, Springvale, Totland and Yaverland once again earned Quality Coast Awards.

The awards are made for beaches that meet criteria on issues including water quality and litter levels.

In a statement, Cllr George Brown, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for tourism said: “Once again we have had excellent news from the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign about our beaches.

“This retains our number one standing as the best tourism destination in the south east for quality beaches and shows the hard work to maintain our beaches over the last years has been worthwhile.

“This is very good news for the Island as we build up to the main tourism season.”

Earlier this month ten Isle of Wight beaches on the IW have received top accolades from The Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

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Blue Flag success for Island beaches

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