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Brighton and Hove News » Two beaches in Brighton and Hove win Blue Flag

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Two beaches in Brighton and Hove have won blue flags while a third has received a Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy.

The charity, which runs the international accreditation system, said Brighton Central and Hove Lawns were among 80 beaches in the country to have been awarded blue flags.

And Saltdean was one of 128 UK beaches to receive a Seaside Award.

The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards programs aim to improve the quality of the coastline and promote Britain’s best beaches.

They measure beaches against standards for water quality, safety and cleanliness.

Blue Flag is an international award run by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education.

It is only presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programs.

The Seaside Awards are given to the best beaches in England to celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “The success of these beaches in achieving the very high standards demanded is a testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and enhance our blue spaces – from beach managers and from volunteers to local residents. and businesses.

“The enormous commitment required to maintain wonderful beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.

“People who visit a beach with a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured that the beach will be clean, safe and will meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.”

Standards measured include

  • security and services, such as first aid and, if necessary, lifeguards
  • environmental management, including litter and waste
  • environmental visitor information, including details of local ecosystems
  • water quality

Blue Flag beaches must meet the “excellent” water quality standard as set out in the EU Bathing Water Directive. Seaside Award winners must meet the “good enough” standard.

The charity said the awards were the only way the public could be assured the beaches were a safe, clean and well-run space they could enjoy.

But he also said that because the coast was a natural environment where water quality could vary, especially after heavy rains.