Bridlington has been awarded prestigious Blue Flags for North and South Beach. This is the first time in five years that both beaches have passed the rigorous tests and been declared amongst the best in the world.
These are also the only two beaches to be added to the list of Yorkshire resorts with this accolade, and makes Bridlington the only Yorkshire town to boast two of the flags.
Awarded by Keep Britain Tidy, the flags are not easily won, and represent a real achievement by a partnership made up of East Riding Council, Yorkshire Water and tourism and environment agencies.
Coun Chad Chadwick, who represents Bridlington South ward, was delighted by the announcement. He said: “This is fantastic for Bridlington, and really good news for the tourism industry here.
“A lot of people come to Bridlington on holiday purely for the beaches and the sea, and I hope that this will give a real boost to guest house owners and everybody else involved in the tourism industry.
“We’re working with Yorkshire Water, because the standards are going to be even harder to meet in the future, and it’s important for the town that we keep on improving - but this is absolutely marvellous.”
Fellow Bridlington South councillor Shelagh Finlay also welcomed the news, as did Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues.
She said: “The council is extremely pleased to have secured Blue Flags for all four resort beaches in the East Riding, which is testament to the ongoing work of the partnership in achieving the aim of having some of the best bathing waters in Europe.”
Yorkshire Water - which recently announced a multi-million pound investment in equipment that will improve water quality along the Bridlington coast - plays a pivotal role in helping meet the rigorous standards. Director of production Graham Dixon said: “Its great news that so many of Yorkshire’s beaches will be able to fly their Blue Flags this year. We’re committed to playing our part in securing these Blue Flags for years to come by investing in our coastal assets like sewers, pumps and treatment facilities. ”
To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management, Safety and Services. A partnership consisting of Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency, Welcome to Yorkshire, Scarborough Borough Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and North Yorkshire County Council is working to achieve eight blue flags for Yorkshire’s coast. With five last year and seven this, only Scarborough’s South Bay has still to get the award.
Hornsea, Withernsea, Filey Bay, Whitby West Cliff and Scarborough North Bay each retained their flags from 2011.
This comes on top of the news reported in last week’s Free Press that Bridlington North Beach had made it into the latest Good Beach Guide, indicating that it has ‘excellent’ water quality. Unfortunately South Beach didn’t quite make the grade - showing that there is still more work to do.