Waving the flag for Isle of Wight beaches

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

Waving the flag for Isle of Wight beaches

Yaverland beach is one of the Isle of Wight beaches to win a Blue Flag award. Picture by Robin Crossley.

THE Isle of Wight is king of the 'sand’ castle for top beaches.

The Isle of Wight reaffirmed its crown as the country’s number one destination for quality beaches after retaining its four Blue Flags and 13 Seaside Awards received in 2013.

The prestigious Blue Flag scheme and Seaside Awards — which were previously known as Quality Coast Awards — are run by the Keep Britain Tidy Group.

The Blue Flag acts as a guarantee to tourists that a beach or marina they are visiting is one of the best in the world.

Sandown, Ventnor, Yaverland and Colwell beaches have all retained their Blue Flags as well as being given Seaside Awards.

Other beaches to receive the accolade were Cowes, East Cowes, Springvale, Seagrove, Gurnard, Ryde East, St Helens, Totland and Shanklin.

All the award-winning beaches have been rewarded for their fantastic facilities, cleanliness and, in the case of the Blue Flag awards, meeting the highest international standard of water quality.

Isle of Wight Council executive member for tourism Cllr Shirley Smart said: "Yet again the Isle of Wight comes out top in the prestigious Blue Flags and Seaside Awards scheme which is excellent news.

"With the increase in tourists we have seen over the last year, this can only further enhance the Island’s reputation as a top holiday destination."

Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton said: "Tourists pay special attention to Blue Flag beaches and Seaside Awards and this sends out a clear message that we’ve got some of the UK’s best beaches and is a great start to the summer season."

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by Robin Joy

20th May 2014, at 08:17:39

John, isn't another way of looking at it that there just isn't any money? If you arrive at a checkout with £15 of goods and only £10 in your pocket something has to go back on the shelf. What's it to be? Public conveniences? Libraries? Road repairs? Lifeguards? Or should Council Tax be raised to find the extra fiver?

I very much doubt that anyone feels smug about making such choices, which they were elected to do on our behalf.

Essentially a political question for the voter to answer. Those who don't like that answer may express their opinions, but in a democracy have to accept the outcome.

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by Will Matthews

20th May 2014, at 07:27:05

John, I think you'll find:
1) it was the previous council administration that got rid of the life guards.
2) David Thornton is from Visit IOW, not the council.

Learn your facts before hurling abuse!

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by john jones

20th May 2014, at 07:25:07

Its no wonder Shirley smart and david thornton are so smug. after putting all beach goers lives at risk by sacking all the life guards ( what a great job all the volunteers have done by the way ) will they both now announce to tourists as they arrive on the island that they sacked all the life guards to save money thereby putting tourists lives at risk?
I doubt it.

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by Susannah Thornton

20th May 2014, at 06:53:30

Excellent news for the Island, always enjoy a paddle in the sea at Sandown. Sadly although Tourists may pay attention to Blue Flag beaches etc, they also pay attention to costs to get to their destination. However recognition for the beaches is well deserved.

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