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Swale’s award-winning beaches do it again with three blue flags

Published Monday 17 May, 2021
Last updated on Monday 17 May, 2021

Leysdown, Minster Leas and Sheerness beaches have all received the coveted blue flags this year.

The beaches are among only 76 in the country to receive the Blue Flag Award – widely considered to be the gold standard for beaches - after meeting the highest standards for cleanliness, facilities and water quality.

Each one has also received the Seaside Award, which is Keep Britain Tidy’s own award for beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities, which has been awarded to 132 beaches in the country this year.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement that is a great reward for the hard work the small, but dedicated, seafront team put in - rain or shine - all year round.

“The past year has been a tough one and officers and volunteer teams have worked hard to keep our bathing beaches up to an excellent standard.

“We’ve had support from a number of local volunteer groups who added litter picking to their daily exercise, and the RNLI Sheerness Lifeboat and Sheppey Coastguard volunteers have been invaluable in helping to keep people safe. Especially as we didn’t have as many lifeguards as normal last year.

“All this hard work has helped us meet the excellent standard required for the Blue Flag, and will show visitors that local beaches are clean and safe, and meet the highest environmental and bathing water quality standards.”

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