Blue Flags flying again at borough beaches

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BLUE flags are flying again from borough beaches after they were given a clean bill of health.

All four beaches in North Tyneside have been given prestigious Blue Flag status – the top international award for quality including clean water, litter-free sands and top-notch facilities.

Every beach in North Tyneside has been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag, the international award for quality and seen with the Blue Flag at Tynemouth's Longsands are Seafront Officer Marcus Jackson (front left) joined by North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley (front right) and the Environmental Services Team from North Tyneside Council.

Every beach in North Tyneside has been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag, the international award for quality and seen with the Blue Flag at Tynemouth's Longsands are Seafront Officer Marcus Jackson (front left) joined by North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley (front right) and the Environmental Services Team from North Tyneside Council.

It means the borough continues the tradition of having more awards for each of its beaches than any other area of the north east.

North Tyneside Council can fly the flag over its beaches at Whitley Bay (south), Tynemouth Longsands (south), King Edward’s Bay and Cullercoats Bay, which narrowly missed the water quality standard last year.

All four beaches have also earned Quality Coast Awards, which commend beaches that are clean and where visitors can enjoy a range of activities.

Both awards are administered in England by Keep Britain Tidy.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “This is fantastic news.

“Tourism is worth over £240m to the local economy and we know that our coastline is the main reason people come here.

“That’s why we’re so delighted to have a full complement of beach awards.

“The council’s team deserve credit for their continued hard work to keep our beaches clean and attractive.

“And I would also like to thank the many beach users as well as the businesses based on or around our beaches for their help to keep them looking their best.”

The return of the four Blue Flags to North Tyneside is the result of work by the council to cap off an old culvert, which was considered to be the source of potential contamination which lost Cullercoats Bay the flag last year.

Frequent water quality testing since the completion of the works and during last summer’s bathing season has show an increase in the water quality standard, resulting in Cullercoats Bay receiving the accolade again this year.