The Seaside Award is a highly valued recognition because it tells local people and visitors who visit the coast that a beach awarded the Seaside Award has achieved certain high standards of safety and cleanliness. The great news is – Sandgate beach has been awarded the coveted Seaside Award for the NINTH year running.
Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council Tim Prater said: “Just 132 beaches in England have won the Seaside Award this year, no other beaches in Folkestone & Hythe, and Sandgate is the only Parish Council in the country on the winners list. We have so many reasons to be proud that Sandgate Beach has won the Seaside Award for the NINTH year running.
“It’s totally a team effort. From the residents and businesses that play their part in keeping the beach tidy, the facilities provided by and signposted by the Parish Council and others, Councillors like Nabin Siwa and non-Councillors working as a team to apply year after year, and the support of F&HDC and Veolia for their work in collecting waste and emptying bins. it just wouldn’t happen without all of them, and it is something we should celebrate together.”
Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy say: “The international Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards”.
As you drive through Sandgate, coming from Hythe direction – look to your right, close to the Sir John Memorial – and you will see the blue and yellow Seaside Award flag flying proudly in the breeze – the only one in our district.