Monday, May 15, 2006

Blue Flag Beaches

Thanet's beaches have gained a record haul of Blue Flags, scooping seven of the prestigious awards, which are only given to the best beaches in Europe.

For the fifth year, Minnis Bay has received the accolade, while Westbrook Bay will retain its Blue Flag for the fourth consecutive year.

West Bay at Westgate is named for the second year in a row, while Margate Main Sands regains the Blue Flag that it last held in 2004. For the first time, St. Mildred's Bay in Westgate, Walpole Bay in Margate and Viking Bay in Broadstairs all receive the award.

The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches which comply with tough water quality guidelines and meet a series of other criteria. Each beach must provide public toilets, access for disabled visitors and first aid facilities and have either lifesaving equipment provided or lifeguards on duty. The area's 26 miles of sandy coastline also boasts ten UK Seaside Awards, which were announced in April.

Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operational Services, said: "This is a tremendous boost for our tourism trade ahead of the summer season, as it tells the rest of the country that Thanet is home to some of Europe's top beaches. This is a superb result and emphasises the importance that the Council has placed on ensuring that our beaches are clean, the water quality is as high as it can be and that our internationally recognised coastline offers top quality facilities for both residents and visitors."

He added: "Add to this news, the strong line up of events that we have over the next few months, including the Kent Air Show Margate, with the Red Arrows, the return of the Dunkirk Little Ships to Ramsgate and the Broadstairs Folk Week and it's gearing up to be an excellent year for Thanet."


Anonymous said...

Cllr Latchford doesn't mention that if the weather is a bit grotty there is no all weather facility to support our wonderful beaches (give Southern Water and TDC credit for this)and Dreamland site continues to work hard at being a non-viable attraction. What looked like TV cameras were at work on views of Dreamland from marine Terrace this morning; the lack of signs causing interest?

stuart said...

Agree with your point. Margate Main Sands wont attract people en mass without the tourist puller that was... Dreamland.


Anonymous said...

anon again!

I see no-one mentions all the sanitary towels washed up under the prom at Grenham Bay either.
These are here every day, every tide.
Go and have a look Cllr Latchford and M.P. R. Gale. That beach should get the DANGER FLAG!

Anonymous said...

ALSO the stench that causes people to pull anything they can over their heads to stop them gagging!

Anonymous said...

Is that why all these guys with hoods are on the north side?

Anonymous said...

anon again!
anon 2:02pm. cretinous comment on serious subject.