Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

North Norfolk District Council celebrates winning six Blue Flags

Written by  Ed Foss
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
North Norfolk District Council celebrates winning six Blue Flags

The annual awards ceremony which sees Keep Britain Tidy hand out Blue Flags and Seaside Awards to local authorities was held in Cromer today, May 17th.

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. Many of the authorities receiving awards will be hosted by North Norfolk District Council on Cromer Pier today to celebrate their achievements.

Blue Flag winning authorities from Poole to Waveney and Torbay to Hastings will be present at today’s event. Organisations including Anglian Water, the RNLI Lifeguards, the Environment Agency, the Marine Conservation Society and parish councils from the Blue Flag towns and villages in North Norfolk will also be attending. The suggestion that Cromer could host the event was made during last year’s Blue Flag ceremony, which was held in Bournemouth.

In 2017, North Norfolk District Council had its most successful set of Blue Flag results when the district secured six flags – at East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham. NNDC has repeated its success this year with East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham all named in today’s Blue Flag list.

The awards recognise the top tier of English beaches and are given out only to those sites that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety.

Cllr John Lee, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and the Conservative Group, said: “We are really proud to have retained our six blue flags in North Norfolk. It's recognition of all the hard work put in by various agencies and voluntary groups. Furthermore we are delighted we've been chosen to host this national event and welcome our fellow coastal authorities to the beautiful North Norfolk coast.”

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at North Norfolk District Council, said: “I’m delighted my own ward, The Runtons, has again been awarded two Blue Flags. Well done to all involved in North Norfolk and beyond.”

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.”

As well as the six Blue Flags, the beach at Wells, which is owned by the Holkham Estate but jointly managed by NNDC and the RNLI, has won a Seaside Award.

cromerpromandpier.jpg

Last modified on Thursday, 17 May 2018 17:59

Related items

  • Planning application submitted for Community Sports Hub

    Three indoor tennis courts will be at the centre of a key sports development proposed by North Norfolk District Council, bringing sport and leisure benefits to all ages, all year round.

    Plans for a £3.2m Community Sports Hub in Cromer have been submitted as the country enjoys the first week of Wimbledon fortnight.

    The project is being developed in conjunction with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Cromer Academy, whose students will directly benefit from the new facilities. The facility will provide better access to high quality tennis and benefit all ages, with a wider plan to double participation for young people in North Norfolk and beyond.

  • NNDC is helping Colby Primary School to go for eco gold

    Colby Primary School are active participants in the Eco-Schools project, a global programme which is part of Keep Britain Tidy. The school has an Eco Council made up of ten pupils of different ages who campaign within the school to make other pupils aware of environmental issues that affect themselves, their school and their local area.

    The school is consistently striving to improve its eco credentials further. In order to improve on one of their objectives, clearing litter, the school approached North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to ask for some new litter pickers as they aspire to keep the school grounds and surrounding area tidy and free of litter. NNDC donated the junior litter pickers to the Eco Council at the school on 28 June.

  • Popular Bagot goats arrive back in Cromer

    North Norfolk District Council’s famous herd of Bagot goats has arrived back in Cromer as they prepare to spend another summer at the popular seaside resort.

    The Bagot goats – which have spent the winter on duty elsewhere in Norfolk – have proved a hit with visitors over the past couple of years, as well as carrying out an important habitat-management role on Cromer’s cliff.

  • New beach litter boards will help marine and coastal environment

    The number of #2minutebeachclean boards along the North Norfolk coast has more than doubled.

    Five new boards, which encourage people to spend 2 (or more) minutes picking up marine litter and plastic pollution, are being introduced at Walcott, Cromer West, East Runton, Sheringham East and Sheringham West. They were delivered in the last few days. The boards are sponsored by North Norfolk District Council and each has a custodian who looks after it day to day.

    The custodians of the new boards are the Kingfisher Café in Walcott, the Reef Stop Café in Cromer, NCI Coastwatch at East Runton, The Mo in Sheringham and the RNLI in Sheringham.

  • North Norfolk to host national Blue Flag awards ceremony

    The annual awards ceremony which sees Keep Britain Tidy hand out Blue Flags and Seaside Awards to local authorities will be held in Cromer in May.

    Last year North Norfolk District Council had its most successful set of Blue Flag results when the district secured six flags – at East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham.

    The awards recognise the top tier of English beaches and are given out only to those sites that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety.