This recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet mandatory water quality.
Lynn Jones, the Council’s Resort Services Manager, says: “We are delighted to have picked up seven seaside awards which reflect the quality, management, cleanliness and safety of our beaches.
“To win a seaside award all beaches must meet the required European Union standards, which ours have for a number of years and continue to do so.
“All of our bathing waters reach the ‘mandatory’ level and some are moving towards the excellent category. Our hard work with partners like the Environment Agency and Anglian Water will help to further improve the bathing water quality in the future.
“We are proud of our beaches and know how important they are to our tourism offer, so it is vital that they are safe, clean and with good bathing water quality.”
Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Seaside Awards in England, said: “We know that for many holiday makers and day-trippers clean, safe beaches, with good water quality and facilities are important factors in deciding which beach to visit and the continuing quality of management at these beaches is a real testament to the dedication, hard work and investment that Local Authorities and other beach managers put in year after year.
“The sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a great time.”
In total, 112 beaches across the country have been awarded a seaside award.
For more information visit: www.keepbritaintidy.org.