Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of this year’s Blue Flag and Seaside Awards and once again, North Norfolk’s beaches are the place to be.
Each award-winning North Norfolk beach has scooped the awards based on offering visitors great facilities, a litter free and safe environment and, in the case of the Blue Flag awards, meeting the highest international water quality requirements.
England can now boast more Blue Flag Award-winning beaches than Cyprus or Mexico and now ranks in the Top Ten in the world for beaches that meet the very high standards set for the award.
Both the Blue Flag and Seaside 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, as well the tough bathing water quality standards.
North Norfolk District Council Leader, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “We are absolutely delighted that four of North Norfolk’s Blue Flag resort beaches have retained their awards this year and it is fantastic news that Wells-next-the-Sea has joined East Runton as a Seaside Award-winning beach for the first time.
“We are immensely proud of our coastal resorts and these awards are testament to the hard work that goes on to ensure that North Norfolk beaches are among the best beaches in the country and allows us to keep the Blue Flags flying. Our award-winning beaches are a wonderful place for both residents and visitors to enjoy; they put North Norfolk firmly on the map as a first-class visitor destination.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Coastal Award manager Paul Todd said: “As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.
“The public can be sure, if they visit a Blue Flag or Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world. The fact that 140 beaches will be flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award this summer is testament to the hard work of beach managers up and down the country. They understand that great beaches are good for the communities they serve, good for visitors and, therefore, good for the economy, as more visitors means more money going into our coastal resorts.”