Thanet wins most Blue Flags in the UKMore Blue Flags, the sign of Europe’s top coastal destinations, will be flying over Thanet’s beaches this summer than any other council area in the UK.
A total of nine Blue Flags have been awarded to the area. Minnis Bay, St. Mildred’s Bay and West Bay in Westgate, Botany Bay and Joss Bay in Broadstairs and Ramsgate Main Sands have all kept the awards that they received last summer. Minnis Bay has held a Blue Flag since 2002, while West Bay has been awarded one for the sixth year running and St. Mildred’s retains its flag for the fifth year running.
Westbrook Bay, Margate Main Sands and Stone Bay in Broadstairs have also won back the accolade that they were last awarded in 2008.
Blue Flags are only handed out to those beaches which have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
Viking Bay received the Quality Coast Award for the fourth year running. To achieve this award, beaches have to meet strict criteria, including clean sands, being free of litter and dog fouling, have good access with good facilities and with guideline water quality. more here
No awards for Shepway, Dover & Deal.....
Blue Flag is a international organisation for monitoring the quality of beaches - http://www.blueflag.org/Menu/Blue+Flag+beaches%2fmarinas/2009/Northern+Hemisphere/England/SouthEast