Blue Flag beach success

Published Thursday, 17th May 2018

City Beach on a sunny day

Three of Southend-on-Sea’s beaches have received the prestigious Blue Flag, with all seven awarded the ‘Seaside Award’, Keep Britain Tidy have announced today.

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards.

East Beach, Shoebury Common Beach and Thorpe Bay Beach will be flying a Blue Flag Award this summer after meeting the highest standards for cleanliness, facilities and water quality.

In addition, Chalkwell Beach, Jubilee Beach, Bell Wharf Beach and Three Shells Beach – along with the Blue Flag Award-winning beaches - have been presented with the Seaside Award by Keep Britain Tidy. The Seaside Award recognises beaches that are well-managed and maintained.

Leader of the Council John Lamb said “Both awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean and safe and meet the highest environmental standards.

“Southend-on-Sea welcomes over 6 million visitors per year. With Blue Flag and Seaside Awards flying above our beaches residents and visitors will know that they are the best in the country.

“We want everyone to enjoy our beaches and help keep them award winning. We are all aware of the damage our waste causes to marine life and so we can all personally make a difference by disposing of rubbish responsibly when visiting the seaside.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:  “The success of the 148 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.”