Beaches awarded blue flag honour

SCARBOROUGH’s beaches have been recognised for their excellence with the presentation of two awards.

The town’s North Bay beach has kept its Blue Flag award, which is given out annually to honour the highest standards of water quality, safety, and cleanliness.

Both beaches were also given a Quality Coast award, which recognises the range of facilities and cleanliness.

Filey and Whitby West beaches also scooped both awards.

Campaign group Keep Britain Tidy is responsible for the Blue Flag scheme in England and the Quality Coast Awards.

The region has 17 award-winning beaches including five which have been awarded the prestigious blue flag.

Yesterday’s announcement endorses the ongoing work and efforts of the multi-agency partnership launched last November, which aims to give Yorkshire’s bathing waters the best chance possible of achieving the new “excellent” standard due to come into force in 2015 as part of the European revised Bathing Water Directive.

Consisting of Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency, Welcome To Yorkshire, Scarborough Borough Council, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the Rural Affairs Forum and Defra, the partnership is working to try and achieve eight blue flags along Yorkshire’s 50-mile coastline by 2015.

Brian Bennett, head of tourism and culture at Scarborough Council, said: “We are extremely pleased to hear the news about all our award-winning beaches.

“Even better are the plans for further improvements through the partnership, in particular the significant works planned by Yorkshire Water to improve the bathing water quality.”

However some beaches are facing tough scrutiny after Government analysis revealed that 51 beaches in England and Wales – including Bridlington South, Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay – are projected to fail new water quality standards to be introduced in 2015.