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Tougher standards lead to Blue Flag decline

Tougher standards lead to Blue Flag decline
22 May 2013

The number of Blue Flag beaches in England has fallen from 79 in 2012 to 55 in 2013, as a result of a new set of tougher standards being applied. 

Blue Flag status signifies that a beach meets a number of benchmarks for its quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.

However, given the stricter rules this year, the 55 beaches that did receive a Blue Flag award will consider it a huge fillip.  

Thanet in Kent did particularly well with eight Blue Flags, while the Isle of Wight secured four Blue Flags and 13 Seaside Awards. 

Commenting on the significance of receiving an award, Richard McIlwain - operations director of Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the scheme - said: 'Holidaymakers and day trippers want to visit clean, safe beaches and the sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives them the reassurance that they will.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801588871-ADNFCR

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