Who's Paying For Blue Flag Status?

Blue Flags could be making an appearance on more of Cornwall's beaches this year, but Cornwall Council wont confirm whether they're actually paying for the applications.

Last year a number of beaches here missed out on the accolade, after Visit Cornwall admitted an"administration error" meant that applications for beaches weren't made.

Cornwall Council had previously said that the applications were too expensive, at around £820 each.

The Blue Flag awards, are an internationally recognised standard for water quality, safety and environment management of beaches.

Tourism businesses in Cornwall complained that missing out on the Blue Flag status would lead to a drop in visitor numbers, saying it was an important symbol to attract tourists to beaches.

In 2013 there were five Blue Flags being flown, but last year there was only one in Cornwall, at the privately owned Carbis Bay beach.

Porthmeor in St Ives, Porthtowan, Polzeath and Falmouth's Gyllyngvase beach all missed out.

Matt Fletcher from StayinCornwall says "Local businesses do use it as part of their marketing, and it does broaden the appeal of the county to everyone... it is really important to see that Blue Flag at beaches in Cornwall".

Cornwall Council say that they involved in applying for Blue Flag status for a number of beaches, but wont confirm whether or not they're paying for the applications this year.

"The Council is continuing to work with community groups and businesses and is currently working on the application process for Blue Flag status for a number of beaches".

Some Parish Councils had previously said they'd be paying for the applications, as they didn't want to miss out again.

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