MORE blue flags have been awarded to beaches in the BCP Council area than any other UK authority.
Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced its iconic blue flags and seaside awards to the UK’s best beaches, and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been confirmed with 23 awards in total.
The area’s Blue Flag beaches are Alum Chine, Branksome Chine, Canford Cliffs, Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk, Sandbanks, Shore Road, Southbourne and Manor Steps.
On top of that, the nine Blue Flag locations have the added honor of receiving seaside awards, along with the beaches of Bournemouth, Boscombe, Friars Cliff, Avon and Highcliffe.
Councilor Mohan Iyengar, Tourism, Leisure and Culture Portfolio Holder, said, âWe are very proud of the number of awards we have received so far this year.
âThe team are working incredibly hard to take care of our beaches and a phenomenal amount of work has gone behind the scenes to roll out this year’s summer readiness plans.
“We consider ourselves lucky to be the stewards of such a breathtaking stretch of coastline and it’s great to know that Keep Britain Tidy has given us their endorsement.”
As the May bank holidays herald the start of the season at the resort, the BCP Council has already launched their Â£ 3.5million summer readiness plans – getting the resort ready for this summer.
The plans include a Multi-Agency Command Control Center (MACC) in operation through the end of September, overseeing the day and evening operations of the seasonal plan, responding in real time to issues that arise when the station experiences an increase. the number of visitors.
75 additional employees on the seafront to welcome people, keep beaches clean and safe and ensure a greater security presence; and 400 triple bins installed along the waterfront to handle waste, with more daily collections.
Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Managing Director of Keep Britain Tidy, said: âThis year, more than ever, we will be relying on the beautiful beaches of our country to escape for a well-deserved break from all the stresses and strains of the last year.
âLast year, due to the pandemic, we didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate all of the great award-winning beaches around the coast, so this year we’re delighted to have even more winners than 2019, thanks to the incredible work of teams across the country making our beaches clean and safe for all of us to enjoy. ”