Flags for Shepway beaches

Contributed by admin on Jun 02, 2004 - 09:29 AM


<FONT color=black>Shepway beaches feature in the Marine Conservation Society’s 2004 Good Beach Guide, giving them the seal of approval for water standards.

<FONT color=black>The Society, the o­nly UK charity dedicated to protecting the marine environment and its wildlife, o­nly recommends beaches that are believed to be free from sewage contamination.

<FONT color=black>Beaches at Littlestone, St Mary’s Bay, Dymchurch, Hythe, Sandgate and Folkestone are among 453 across the country that meet strict EC standards and guidelines and feature in the Society’s free guide.

<FONT color=black>In the South East, 72% of sampled beaches are now recommended in the Guide - 100 out of 139 - with none failing the minimum Mandatory EC standard. Further improvements to the sewage infrastructure came o­n-line last year, and the continuing high standard of water quality at many locations means a wide range of choice for beach-goers this summer.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Carol Crees, Shepway Council Cabinet member for Environmental Wellbeing said it was great news - especially at the start of the summer season.

<FONT color=black>"It’s a case of  Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcome o­n in  the water’s fine’. With Dymchurch flying the Blue Flag and other beaches flying the Seaside Award flags, this latest news about bathing water quality proves that we have got quality beaches here in Shepway."