Four Year Decline In Beach Awards For The Isle Of Wight

Blue Flag awarded to 25 beaches on the Costa del Sol

Blue Flag awarded to 25 beaches on the Costa del Sol

In the three decades since, this number has soared to 47, including three award-winning marinas and one boat tour operator, meaning Wales has more Blue Flags per mile than anywhere else in the UK.

Joss Bay at Broadstairs, which is popular with surfers, has been stripped of the prestigious rating it enjoyed a year ago, although it hangs on to its Seaside Award.

Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy, Coun Steve Kirk, said: "We are delighted to have retained the Blue Flags at all our beaches".

Scroll down to read the full list of awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards.

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The award looks at the water quality, facilities, beach safety, environmental education and management of the beaches.

This year's announcement is particularly special as it marks the 30th anniversary of Blue Flag in Wales.

The City of Barrie Marina is one of nine marinas and 27 beaches in Canada to be Blue Flag certified this year.

North East: Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Sandhaven Beach, Roker, Seaburn.

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One of the main reasons parents chose not to take their children to the beach was because of cleanliness, 40 per cent were anxious about water quality, 38 per cent were put off by litter and 42 per cent were concerned about dog mess.

As a result, almost half (47%) would leave immediately if they saw litter and dog mess on a beach, while 40% wouldn't let their children play there.

Seaside Awards are handed out by Keep Britain Tidy, to beaches that "meet the highest standards for cleanliness and facilities".

However, it comes as the charity reveals four out of five parents are put-off taking their children to the beach because of rubbish and plastic.

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Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive, said: "The success of the beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded 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".

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