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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! For day-trippers, a blue flag flying over the promenade is a beacon, a signal that all will be well with their choice of beach, although the guarantee doesn’t stretch to the weather or potential toddler behaviour. For local councils, the sought-after Blue Flags are a fillip, bringing cash to existing businesses, from cafes and gift shops, and giving others, such as surf schools, an incentive to open. Which is why the announcement of which UK beaches have made the prestigious global list will be greeted with delight – or dismay – depending on whether the bathing water and facilities are up to scratch. The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.For the first time, a marina in England – the Royal Albert Dock and Salthouse Dock Marina on Liverpool’s River Mersey – has been awarded a Blue Flag. This makes the city the only place in the North West to boast the status symbol. Blackpool Council will be disappointed none of the beaches in the resort’s so-called Golden Mile received an award after Blackpool South failed to regain its Blue Flag after a three-year run ended in 2019. In Yorkshire & Humber, Scarborough North Bay and Hornsea join Whitby in gaining Blue Flags. Other newcomers to the award include Sandown on the Isle of Wight and Crooklets in Bude. Last year, with the country in the grip of the first lockdown, Keep Britain Tidy, which manages the scheme in the UK on behalf of Denmark’s Foundation for Environmental Education, deemed it inappropriate to launch a new list with the traditional fanfare, although a couple of places, including Felixstowe South and Pier did raise a Blue Flag for part of the summer season.A lifeguard watches over beach goers on Sea Palling beach, Norfolk (Photo: Sam Russell/PA Wire)“We went through the application process but people were being told not to travel,” says Richard Mcllwain, deputy chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy.He added: “The number of Blue Flag beaches have been pretty steady. So much is dependent on the water quality. You need to have excellent water quality status. We know there are other resorts that want a Blue Flag; they meet the land-based standards but not the water ones. We’d like to see water quality around the coast improve.”There are 121 Blue Flag beaches in England and Wales but none is in the top ten within that list. “We don’t want Blue Flag and then a European super league,” says Mr Mcllwain. Popular spots include West Wittering in West Sussex; Cornwall’s Trevone Bay; Sea Palling in North Norfolk; King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth; and Llanddywnn Bay in Anglesey. Britain is bracing for its coastline to be busier than ever this summer with so many uncertainties over foreign travel. Asked if people should limit themselves to Blue Flag beaches, Mr Mcllwain said: “It depends what you want. If you want a complete get away from it all, remote beach, that won’t necessarily be a Blue Flag beach. But if you want a classic resort type beach, I’d absolutely recommend a Blue Flag beach. It’s a quality mark at the end of the day.
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. “Think about what you want to do on the beach and how mobile you are. Have you got toddlers? Do you want to surf or swim?”He also wants beachgoers this summer to be extra patient and tolerant. “We’ve all had a hard year. A lot of people are a bit angsty and a bit stressed. Respect the environment and other people. Thinking ahead will help and having a plan B for a different beach if the one you were heading for is very busy.” Read More Our lifeguards expect a busy summer as UK heads to beach He made a plea for people think of beaches as shared habitats with marine life. This means not using disposable BBQs. “Putting the BBQ on the sand can kill the invertebrates below it and they’re part of the ecosystem. You need to use a proper beach BBQ if you’re going to have one.” The number of Blue Flag beaches in Cornwall – eight in total – is testament to the support from local communities, who carry out regular beach cleans, Mr Bell said. Visitors need to help locals look after the coastline, making sure they take their litter home. “There is no such thing as wild camping,” he adds. “That’s fly camping and it’s not permitted.” The awards were first launched in the UK in 1987, supported by Sir Richard Branson. Back then, only 12 beaches met the standards for cleanliness. “Awareness of the scheme has gradually increased as people have come to recognise the award as the international standard for beaches,” says Mr Mcllwain. “Most people instinctively know we have fantastic beaches here, but in terms of cleanliness they on a par with some of the best ones abroad.” The south-west again leads the way, with 33 Blue Flag beaches, more than anywhere else in the country.More than 50 countries run the scheme, which covers more than 4,600 sites worldwide, from Gran Canaria’s Maspalomas, a natural reservation with 403 hectares of sand dunes, to Grande de Porto, in Portugal’s Covo Alentejo, which has a deep sandy cove sheltered by rugged cliffs.The four categories that get inspected are environmental education and information; water quality; environmental management, which includes ensuring there are toilet facilities; and safety and services: the beach needs lifeguard patrols, plus drinking water fountains and to be easily accessible.For those keen to swim on wilder beaches, Mr Mcllwain suggests checking the Environment Agency website, which monitors water around the coast from May to September for everything from sewage-related discharge and agriculture run-off to excrement from large flocks of birds or dogs being exercised.
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