Beach recognised for facilities for 26th time

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A BEACH has been awarded for its excellent conditions for the 26th year in a row.

Hayling Island has now flown the Blue Flag for more than a quarter of a century, an international award which recognises clean and safe stretches of coastline that promote environmental education and offer excellent visitor facilities.

The stretch of Hayling’s beach which runs from the funfair to the border of the golf club has been awarded the flag by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

The criteria to qualify for a Blue Flag include the provision of first aid facilities, clean toilets, recycling facilities and access for disabled visitors. The water is continuously tested during the summer season to check it meets the bathing water quality standards and winners must also show commitment to environmental management and education.