You won’t find a Blue Flag beach on the Isle of Wight, but you will find an increase in Seaside Award winners.
Four of the Island’s beaches have scooped the Keep Britain Tidy accolade for 2019, it has been revealed today (Wednesday).
Last year, only three Island beaches made the grade – this year it is four, as Sandown joins Shanklin, Seagrove and Springvale in being among the 137 country-wide winners to be recognised for the quality, cleanliness and safety of their beaches.
Shanklin Town Mayor Steve Knight said:
“We are delighted to receive this prestigious Award again, and it reflects the work and efforts of all involved, including longshoremen, local businesses, Shanklin Chine, our Roadsweepers and Waste Collectors, and Green Town Volunteers, and the countless individuals that give their time and energy to make Shanklin the seaside resort it is – thank you all.”
In 2015, the Isle of Wight Council stopped applying for Blue Flags. Prior to that, Shanklin and Sandown held Blue Flags and in 2014.
The closest Blue Flag beaches are now Hayling Island Beachlands and Bournemouth Manor Steps.