The sandy beaches of Shanklin have been awarded a Seaside Award for 2018 by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Shanklin joins the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday destinations to quiet, more hidden-away spots. In total, 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (8 more than last year) have been handed out this year. 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 standards.
On the Isle of Wight, Seagrove Bay and Seaview have also been awarded Seaside Awards. Sandown missed out this year.
Shanklin Town Council supports beach safety by working with longshoremen to provide First Aid equipment, a radio system, defibrillator and beach cleaning; as well as working with Shanklin Rotary, Sailing and Rowing Clubs on the Annual Regatta and securing a million pound investment for Shanklin Cliff Lift.
As reported by Island Echo earlier this week, Southern Water is investing heavily in the area to ensure the quality of bathing waters.
Jon Gilbey, Shanklin’s Town Mayor has said:
“Shanklin is delighted to be recognised by this prestigious award and thank all involved in achieving it – it is very much a team effort, and this recognition is a credit to all that have contributed to maintaining and improving the quality of our provision”.
Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, adds:
“The success of the 148 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.