THE NORTH Bay has been named the best beach in town after retaining its Blue Flag status while Scarborough’s other bays are awarded Quality Coast titles.
Once again the North Bay is the only one of Scarborough’s beaches to get a Blue Flag from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
It was one of only three beaches in the Scarborough Council boundary to receive the award, alongside Whitby West Cliff and Filey Bay.
However the other beaches did not go unrated, with many receiving Quality Coast Awards, including Scarborough’s South Bay, Cayton Bay, Robin Hoods Bay and Runswick Bay. And the authority is confident improvements recently completed at Yorkshire Water’s Scarborough Waste Water Treatment Works will mean the South Bay is well on its way to becoming another Blue Flag beach.
Brian Bennett, head of tourism and culture at the council said: “It is excellent news that so many of our borough’s beaches have won quality coast awards and particularly Whitby, Filey and Scarborough North, which once again have secured the coveted Blue Flag.
“This news will be very much welcomed by residents, visitors and the many businesses that rely on the tourism economy.
“The investment Yorkshire Water is currently making in Scarborough together with the work of the Yorkshire Bathing Water Partnership will bring further improvements to bathing water quality and hopefully help us to secure a Blue Flag for Scarborough South Bay in the future.”
Scarborough Council and Yorkshire Water are joined on the Yorkshire Water Bathing Partnership by the Environment Agency, Welcome to Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Yorkshire County Council, with all agencies working to try an achieve eight blue flags for the Yorkshire Coast.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and chairman of the partnership said: “We are delighted beaches along the Yorkshire coast have been recognised as some of the best in the UK but we’re not resting on our laurels, there’s still improvements to be made and we’re all working hard to make sure we have the best beaches in Europe.”
Further down the coast the East Riding of Yorkshire secured a full team of Blue Flags for its four beaches including Bridlington’s North and South Bays.