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19 May 2016, 08:37
21 beaches across the South Coast will be flying flags this summer, showing they're among the best in the country.
12 have been awarded prestigious Blue Flags for cleanliness and good facilities - including Durley Chine, Canford Cliffs and Beachlands on Hayling Island. Nine others were handed Seaside Awards.
The Blue Flag award scheme is run across the world but administered in the UK by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Keep Britain Tidy's coastal award manager Paul Todd said:
"It's great that we're able to award more beaches this year with Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.
"Keep Britain Tidy works with people and organisations who share our vision that everyone should have access to quality outdoor spaces where they live, work and holiday.
"The fact that 143 beaches will be flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award this summer is testament to the continuing hard work of everyone involved. They know that quality beaches are great for the local communities, visitors and local businesses.
“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”.
Across the South Coast, Blue Flags have gone to:
- West Wittering
- Hayling Island Beachlands
- Sandbanks Peninsular
- Poole, Shore Road
- Poole, Canford Cliffs
- Poole, Branksome Chine
- Alum Chine, Bournemouth
- Durley Chine, Bournemouth
- Fisherman's Walk, Bournemouth
- Southbourne, Bournemouth
- Swanage Central
- Weymouth Central
Seaside Awards were given to:
- Bournemouth Pier
- Boscombe Pier
- Avon Beach, Christchurch
- Friars Cliff Beach, Christchurch
- Highcliffe Beach, Christchurch