Westward Ho! Beach scoops double Quality award in Blue Flag and Seaside Award presentation

Blue Flag Award 2017 Chairman David Hurley Centre

Westward Ho! beach has just been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for a 14th year in a row at a presentation which took place in Bournemouth on Tuesday. The beach is one of only 68 in the Country to be given this prestigious designation which tells visitors that not only can they expect a clean beach but that it is also safe, meeting the highest environmental standards, as well as the most stringent standards for international bathing water. The beach also received a second award under the "Seaside Award" scheme which recognises beach management but also measures water quality in line with stringent European standards under the Bathing Water Directive - in other words a double thumbs up!

Keep Britain Tidy is the charity behind the scheme, which this year is celebrating 30 years of monitoring the cleanliness of British Beaches.

Water quality at designated bathing sites in England is assessed independently by the Environment Agency from May to September each year. The weekly assessments measure current water quality which feed into an annual rating, classifying each site as excellent, good, sufficient or poor based on measurements taken over a period of up to four years. The "excellent" rating will apply for the 2017-18 season.

Sean Kearney - Commercial and Leisure Services Manager said:

"This is the third time the water quality has been assessed against the new and much tougher EU standards introduced in 2015 but Torridge's beaches have once again come through with flying colours achieving the very top grading. This is further proof, if any were needed, that Westward Ho! really is a great place to come on holiday. There's a real buzz around the village too, with a great community spirit and new amenities such as the play park and revamped promenade and rockpool and thriving shops and restaurants. All of this combined should continue to see Westward Ho! as a top UK tourist destination and the awards will give people confidence that the beach and water is clean and safe to use"

Picture shows L-R Keep Britain Tidy CEO Alison Ogden-Newton, TDC Deputy Leader Councillor David Hurley accepting the award for 2017 and Councillor Patrick Oakley from Bournemouth Borough Council where the awards were hosted.

24 May 2017