Beaches among the best in Britain

Daily Echo: The beach at Ventnor The beach at Ventnor

A dozen beaches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been given prestigious awards.

Four coastal hot spots have won the right to fly the Blue Flag this year, in recognition of their water quality, beach condition and the standard of facilities available.

And 11 beaches around the region have been handed the Quality Coast Award (QCA), for high standards of beach management.

A trio of Isle of Wight resorts, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor, became the only three beaches across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to pick up both the Blue Flag and QCA titles.

Hayling Island Beachlands completed the quartet of Blue Flag award winners.

The awards will come as a further boost to tourism in the county, after 22 beaches were named in the Good Beach Guide 2012. As reported in the Daily Echo earlier this month, that list included the coastal areas at Calshot, Lepe, Milford on Sea, and Lee-on-the-Solent.

A total of 20 beaches in the south-east were given the coveted Blue Flag status, while 23 were handed Quality Coast awards. It helped boost the total number of Blue Flag beaches in England to 79 – nine more than last year.

But a spokesman for Keep Britain Tidy said they expected fewer beaches to get the awards next year, when a tougher water quality standard will be introduced, under the new EU Bathing and Water Directive.

Chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, Phil Barton, said: “Winning beaches along our coastline ensure high standards of excellence for visitors.”

The beaches winning Blue Flag Awards are:
• Hayling Island Beachlands
• Ventnor, IoW
• Sandown, IoW
• Shanklin, IoW

The beaches gaining Quality Coast Awards (all IoW) are:
• Gurnard
• Seagrove
• Springvale
• Totland
• Yaverland
• East Cowes
• Cowes
• Colwell
• Ventnor
• Shanklin
• Sandown

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9:18am Tue 15 May 12

thebigtruthdog says...

Great news, now if you could just turn the water temperature up by about 10 degress, I will then swim in it. If you can't then it's a no from me.
Great news, now if you could just turn the water temperature up by about 10 degress, I will then swim in it. If you can't then it's a no from me. thebigtruthdog
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10:32am Tue 15 May 12

Beer Monster says...

It's alright once you're in and swimming about, you just need a pacemaker to get over the initial shock.
It's alright once you're in and swimming about, you just need a pacemaker to get over the initial shock. Beer Monster
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3:51pm Tue 15 May 12

Goldenwight says...

Wan't this the story about six weeks ago? Right before the headline that dog s*** contamination on Hampshire beaches was the worst in the world?

So do we have beautiful beaches or what? Lets have an editorial on it, Echo!
Wan't this the story about six weeks ago? Right before the headline that dog s*** contamination on Hampshire beaches was the worst in the world? So do we have beautiful beaches or what? Lets have an editorial on it, Echo! Goldenwight
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