Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Thanet beaches awarded most Blue Flags in England

It's official - Thanet District has the most Blue Flag beaches in England.
Keep Britain Tidy awarded the coveted Blue Flags and Seaside Awards today (20 May 2014) which are a symbol of quality and guarantee that the beach is one of the best in the country. With the District currently looking beautiful in the sun there's never been a better time to visit Thanet. 
Thanet had seven beaches awarded Blue Flags and three commended with Seaside Awards. Blue Flags were awarded for: Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Westbrook Bay, Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, with Seaside Awards for Margate Main Sands, Ramsgate Main Sands and Viking Bay, Broadstairs. Both Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are symbols of quality which guarantees to visitors that the beach is one of the best in the country. 
Thanet District Council’s Director of Community Services Madeline Homer said, “These awards from Keep Britain Tidy recognise and reward beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management. It is fantastic that the beaches in Thanet District are so well represented in this list and that once again we have achieved the highest number of Blue Flags in the country. 
‘These awards are useful, not only for the positive publicity they provide but also as an effective management tool to help us plan future improvements. Well managed, attractive beaches are essential to the District’s visitor appeal, an industry which in turn boosts the local economy to the tune of over £230 million a year.”
Tourism is a key priority for the area and Thanet District Council has allocated £500,000 to support the delivery of the Destination Management Plan for the District. This works with local businesses and external partners and focuses on the delivery of Coastal Regeneration and Beach Management as key themes. 

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