There are no Blue Flag beaches for the Isle of Wight this year (2018), and fewer Island beaches have won seaside awards than in 2017.
Shanklin, Seagrove and Springvale beaches have today (Thursday) been awarded Seaside Awards, but Sandown does not appear on the list. It made the grade in 2017 though.
Seaside Awards are handed out by Keep Britain Tidy, to beaches that “meet the highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.”
Blue Flag Beaches are internationally recognised symbols of water cleanliness, safety and key facilities.
In 2015, the Isle of Wight Council stopped applying for Blue Flags because cuts to the way it managed beaches here meant they would not meet the criteria. Prior to that, Shanklin and Sandown held Blue Flags and in 2014, the Isle of Wight was able to boast the highest number of beaches awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards combined, in the country.