This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting a total of 208 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 71 international Blue Flags and 137 Seaside Awards, with 52 beaches achieving both awards.
Shanklin joins the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standard.
In addition, Shanklin Town Council maintains public toilets, shower facilities, recycling facilities, beach safety, supports public transport on the Esplanade and helps fund events, like the Carnival, Dash & Splash and Regatta, which appeal to visitors and tourists alike.
Allison Ogden, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, has 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.
“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.”
Shanklin Town Mayor Steve Knight added:
“We are delighted to receive this prestigious Award again, and it reflects the work and efforts of all involved including longshoremen, local businesses, Shanklin Chine, our roadsweepers and waste collectors, and Green Town Volunteers, as well as the countless individuals that give their time and energy to make Shanklin the seaside resort it is – thank you all”.
Wil Myles, Managing Director of Visit Isle of Wight, said:
‘This is fantastic news! Islanders know that we have some of the best beaches in the UK and to hear that Sandown has now been nationally recognised by Keep Britain Tidy, joining Shanklin, Seagrove and Springvale in the Seaside Awards is amazing. The accolades keep coming in, with the entire Sandown Bay voted the Best Beach in the UK by Countryfile Magazine readers, it’s even more reason for people to visit the Isle of Wight. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make these beaches such wonderful places to visit.’
Sandown, Seagrove and Springvale also received Seaside Awards. The Isle of Wight was not awarded at Blue Flags.