Top beaches flying the Blue Flag in Teignbridge

By Nick Knight   |   Editor   |
Thursday 12th May 2022 5:00 pm
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Blue Flag for Dawlish Warren Beach

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TEIGNMOUTH and Dawlish Warren are among 36 South West beaches who will be flying Blue Flags with pride this summer.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has today, Friday, announced the winners of the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for summer 2022.

In total, 56 beaches across the South West have been presented with an award recognising the quality of the beach, the way it is managed and the facilities it offers to visitors.

The Blue Flag is an international award.

This year, 36 beaches across the region have met the high standard required, including two – Sandbanks in Poole and Oddicombe in Torbay – which have received one every year since the scheme was launched 35 years ago.

Three others – Avon Beach, Highcliffe Beach and Friars Cliff in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area – achieved the accolade for the first time.

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: ‘The success of these beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our blue spaces – from beach managers and volunteers to local residents and businesses. The huge commitment needed to maintain marvellous beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.

‘People who visit a beach flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.’

The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches.

Blue Flag is an international award managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is only presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes, while Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

Among the criteria beaches are assessed against are:

Safety and services, such as first aid, lifeguards where necessary

Environmental information including displaying details about local eco systems

Water quality – Blue Flag beaches must meet the ‘excellent’ water quality standard as set out in the EU bathing water directive and Seaside Award winners must meet the ‘sufficient’ standard.

Environmental management, including litter and waste

The full list of beaches achieving the standard are:

Blackpool Sands - Blackpool Sands (Devon) Utilities Co Ltd

Poole, Shore Road - BCP Council

Poole, Sandbanks - BCP Council

Avon Beach - BCP Council

Highcliffe Beach - BCP Council

Friars Cliff - BCP Council

Poole, Canford Cliffs - BCP Council

Poole, Branksome Chine - BCP Council

Alum Chine - BCP Council

Bournemouth Manor Steps - BCP Council

Durley Chine - BCP Council

Fisherman’s Walk - BCP Council

Southbourne - BCP Council

Carbis Bay - Carbis Bay Hotel

Crooklets - Cornwall Council

Gyllyngvase - Cornwall Council

Porthminster - Cornwall Council

Porthmeor - Cornwall Council

Polzeath - Cornwall Council

Porthtowan - Cornwall Council

Trevone Bay - Cornwall Council

Widemouth Bay - Cornwall Council

Exmouth - East Devon District Council

Seaton - East Devon District Council

Sidmouth Town - East Devon District Council

Swanage Central - Swanage Town Council

Dawlish Warren - Teignbridge District Council

Teignmouth Town - Teignbridge District Council

Breakwater Beach - Torbay Council

Broadsands - Torbay Council

Meadfoot Beach - Torbay Council

Preston Sands - Torbay Council

Oddicombe - Torbay Council

Torre Abbey Sands - Torbay Council

Westward Ho! - Torridge District Council

Weymouth Central - Weymouth Town Council

And 54 beaches in the region were awarded the Seaside Award, including 34 of the Blue Flag holders. They are:

Bournemouth Pier - BCP Council

Boscombe Pier - BCP Council

Alum Chine - BCP Council

Bournemouth Manor Steps - BCP Council

Durley Chine - BCP Council

Southbourne - BCP Council

Fishermans Walk - BCP Council

Branksome Chine - BCP Council

Canford Cliffs - BCP Council

Shore Road - BCP Council

Sandbanks - BCP Council

Avon Beach - BCP Council

Friars Cliff Beach - BCP Council

Highcliffe Beach - BCP Council

Blackpool Sands - Blackpool Sands (Devon) Utilities Co Ltd

Sandy Bay - Bourne Leisure Ltd

Carbis Bay  - Carbis Bay Hotel

Crackington Haven - Cornwall Council

Gyllyngvase  - Cornwall Council

Great Western - Cornwall Council

Perranporth - Cornwall Council

Polzeath  - Cornwall Council

Porth - Cornwall Council

Porthtowan  - Cornwall Council

Porthmeor - Cornwall Council

Porthminster  - Cornwall Council

Portreath - Cornwall Council

Sennan Cove - Cornwall Council

Trevone Bay  - Cornwall Council

Widemouth Bay  - Cornwall Council

Crooklets  - Cornwall Council

Summerleaze - Cornwall Council

Exmouth  - East Devon District Council

Seaton (Devon)  - East Devon District Council

Sidmouth Town  - East Devon District Council

Beer - East Devon District Council

Budleigh Salterton - East Devon District Council

Croyde Bay - Ruda Holiday Park / Parkdean Holidays

Coryton Cove - Teignbridge District Council

Dawlish Town - Teignbridge District Council

Ness Cove - Teignbridge District Council

Swanage Central  - Swanage Town Council

Breakwater Beach - Torbay Council

Broadsands Beach  - Torbay Council

Meadfoot Beach - Torbay Council

Oddicombe Beach - Torbay Council

Maidencombe Beach - Torbay Council

Goodrington Beach - Torbay Council

Paignton Beach - Torbay Council

Preston Sands - Torbay Council

Torre Abbey Sands - Torbay Council

Ansteys Cove - Torbay Council

Westward Ho! - Torridge District Council

Weymouth Central - Weymouth Town Council

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