Hayling beach wins Blue Flag award for 25th year running

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A Hayling beach has been awarded the Blue Flag accolade for the 25th year running.

Beachlands on Hayling Island was named as one of 12 south coast beaches to be given a Blue Flag based on its cleanliness and good hygiene.

Councillor Tony Briggs, cabinet lead for environment and neighbourhood quality said: ‘This proves Hayling Island continues to be a coastal destination of the highest quality.

‘Gaining this prestigious award highlights the beach’s amazing facilities, safety, water quality and management.’

Businesses on Beachlands hope the Blue Flag will have an impact on the area.

Julia Buck of Pleasantly Plump said: ‘Hopefully it will bring a few more tourists in and help out the business, especially in the summer months.’

The Blue Flag award scheme is run across the world and administered in the UK by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and is widely considered the gold standard for beaches.

For more information on other Blue Flag beaches, head online to blueflag.global/.

The full list of beaches on the South Coast given Blue Flags is: West Wittering, Sandbanks Peninsular, Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk, Southbourne, Swanage Central, Weymouth Central, and Shore Road, Canford Cliffs and Brankstone Chine of Poole.