Sandown Beach has been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag Award for the second year running, ahead of what is hoped to be a gloriously sunny and busy Summer season.
This internationally recognised accreditation has been awarded in recognition of the investment that the town has made, with the Town Council investing in beach lifeguards, a new lifeguard station, beach cleaning and marker buoys, as well as securing an accessible wheelchair and commissioning a state of the art public convenience at Eastern Gardens.
The Town Council has also secured funding to provide new projects for 2022. These include a new defibrillator, walkie-talkies for longshoremen and concessionaires to further increase inter-agency working and beach user safety, litter picking A-frames successfully used on other beaches around the country, increased educational resources and potential funding for additional beach focused youth provision.
Beaches at St Helens, Seagrove Bay and Springvale have been awarded Seaside Awards for 2022.
Sandown Town Mayor Paddy Lightfoot says:
“The Town Council has tried to use its limited resources for the benefit of tourists and local residents, investing in a comprehensive programme of beach safety and educational activity, involving partner agencies and local stakeholders.
“The Town Council recognises the challenges that Sandown continues to face, and successes like the Blue Flag reflects the commitment we have to making progress, as well continuing to encourage others to make a similar commitment for the future of Sandown”.
High Sheriff Kay Marriott has said:
“Congratulations to Sandown for achieving the Blue Flag again, which is a tremendous success for a Town Council on the Island, and recognises the work of all involved in the application – the standards are really high”.
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