Best beach award for Hayling Island but Portsmouth left empty handed

FUN IN THE SUN People having fun on Hayling Island beach
FUN IN THE SUN People having fun on Hayling Island beach
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HAYLING Island has maintained its status as having one of the best beaches in Europe after winning the Blue Flag award for the 11th year running.

Beachlands at Hayling was one of 70 beaches to win the internationally-recognised award.

West Wittering beach will fly the flag yet again, as well as Bognor Regis beach, which has been awarded the flag this year after falling out of the elite group last year.

The award guarantees that the beach has top-notch facilities, is litter free and achieved a high standard of water quality.

Local authorities pay £660 to apply for the award.

The flag is used throughout Europe as a sign of the best bathing resorts.

Bognor has been awarded the flag only in consecutive years - 2008 and 2009 - due to its variable water quality.

Last year 71 beaches flew the Blue Flag and in 2002 there were only 45 beaches with the accolade.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag scheme in England, said: ‘Traditional beach holidays in this country were always centred on our seaside resorts and we urge holiday-makers to rekindle their passion for our wonderful coastline and quality resorts.

‘Our beaches are wonderful places to visit and that’s official!

‘The continuing high standards of our beaches are testament to the hard work carried out by beach managers throughout the year in order to provide clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you live on the coast or are a visitor.’