Awards for Shepway beaches

Contributed by admin on May 26, 2004 - 06:56 PM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>AWARDS FOR SHEPWAY BEACHES

Dymchurch will be flying the acclaimed Blue Flag o­n its beach this year.

The International Blue Flag Jury has confirmed the award, which recognises high standards of water quality, beach cleanliness, information and education, first aid facilities and the presence of beach managers during the summer.

Shepway Council’s Blue Flag application was approved by a British jury before being forwarded to Denmark for consideration by the international jury in April.

Tom Gibbs, Chairman of Dymchurch Parish Council, said he was delighted with Dymchurch’s success " for being good enough to fly the prestigious Blue Flag and for securing a Seaside Award for another year.
"I am very pleased the International Blue Flag jury has awarded our beach a Blue Flag. It proves that the time and effort put in by all those involved in making this village what it is has been worthwhile."

Cllr Carol Crees, Cabinet member for Environmental Wellbeing, also welcomed the news.

"We know there are some great beaches across the district and it’s good to know that Dymchurch’s high standards have been recognised."

To be eligible for the European Blue Flag Award, a bathing beach has to fulfil tough criteria including water quality, beach and water cleanliness, litter collections, first aid facilities and access. Dymchurch was o­ne of a record number of 123 winners this year.

The Seaside Award scheme is organised by EnCams, the environmental campaigns group that runs the Tidy Britain Group. It awards flags for resort and rural beaches - depending o­n their location. To qualify for resort or rural beach flags, beaches must fulfil 29 criteria that falls into five groups:

 *  Safety
 * Management
 * Cleanliness
 * Information
 * Water quality

Littlestone  and  Sunny Sands in Folkestone have been awarded Seaside Awards. Hythe was not entered this year because of the coast defence work being carried out.