Awards fly the flag for East Devon beaches

It’s official – East Devon beaches are among the best in the country, with four winning prestigious awards from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

A coveted Blue Flag, along with a Seaside Award, has been presented to Exmouth.

Sidmouth Town Beach wins a Seaside Award and non-bathing awards have been given to both Budleigh Salterton and Seaton.

Just 208 awards have been handed out nationally this year and only 71 were Blue Flags.

Cllr Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The Blue Flag Awards for our beaches in East Devon demonstrates that East Devon District Council through their team of officers and staff have worked tremendously hard to gain the awards.

The Blue Flag Awards for our beaches in East Devon demonstrates that East Devon District Council through their team of officers and staff have worked tremendously hard to gain the awards.

“The Blue Flag awards assess the beach and its surroundings for safety, services, environmental education and management, plus being litter free.

“At our bathing beaches it is judged on the water quality as well.On behalf of our residents and our many visitors to our beaches I would like to congratulate our hard working team for the work that they have done.”

Nick Christo, East Devon’s StreetScene Area Manager West, added; “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved Blue Flag status for Exmouth and Seaside Awards at three of our other beaches.

“We have been working towards this for 4 years. The award signals to everyone what we believed already; we have fantastic beaches that everyone enjoys using. If you haven’t visited yet, please do come and have a look.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said: “The success of the 156 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.”

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