Beaches gain top Seaside Awards

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Copeland's beautiful beaches have once again been recognised for their fantastic facilities and cleanliness.

Seascale beach by Steve Hoyle

Prestigious Seaside Awards have been granted to St Bees, Haverigg, Silecroft and Seascale beaches.

Copeland’s leader, Elaine Woodburn, said: “Our four amenity beaches have now received this accolade for many consecutive years. Our staff work hard to make the beaches an attractive place for locals and visitors and I’m very proud that once again these ‘hidden gems’ have been given the recognition they deserve. There are also voluntary groups who pick litter on their beach or organise events. Hopefully these awards will encourage people to travel west and experience the stunning views and tranquillity of our coast.”

The Seaside Awards are given out by the Keep Britain Tidy group. Richard McIlwain, the charity’s operations director, said: “It is fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that these beaches will be flying a flag that guarantees the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer.

”Keep Britain Tidy campaigns to improve the quality of our local environment and we know communities love their beaches and understand what an asset they are for their towns’ economies. We also know that cleaner beaches can be a focal point for stronger communities. Holiday-makers and daytrippers want to visit clean, safe beaches and the sight of the Seaside Award flying gives them the reassurance that they will.”

Part of Copeland’s commitment to its coastline is in leading the Copeland Coastal Initiative. This includes several projects including the Copeland Coastal Partnership. The partnership brings together a range of organisations with an interest in promoting and enhancing the coast, to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of what is on offer.

The partnership aims to develop the coast for the benefit of local people, visitors and the local economy as well as protecting the physical and natural environment for current and future generations.

See the Keep Britain Tidy website for further details.

Published: 22 May 2013 - 9:24am