The Isle of Wight is once again number one in the south east region for award-winning beaches, having been awarded three prestigious Blue Flag awards.
In addition to the Blue Flags achieved again this year, the Island has also received 11 Quality Coast Awards by Keep Britain Tidy, which runs the Blue Flag scheme.
With a total of 14 awards, the Isle of Wight is in top spot in the South East, with Thanet closest in our region with 10 awards.
The Island has retained its three Blue Flags at Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor. These beaches join Colwell, Cowes, East Cowes, Gurnard, Seagrove, Springvale, Totland and Yaverland in receiving Quality Coast Awards. The awards are only given if an area meets very strict criteria including high water quality and litter levels.
Listen to Lee Matthews, Isle of Wight Council Community Development Manager at the raising of Ventnor’s Blue Flag today…[audio:https://www.islandecho.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Lee-Matthews-Blue-Flag-Raising.mp3|titles=Lee Matthews Blue Flag Raising]