Brightlingsea’s beaches have once again proved themselves amongst the best in the land after gaining prestigious European Blue Flags.

Four beaches at Brightlingsea, Dovercourt Bay, Frinton and Martello Bay (Clacton) all retained their internationally recognised Blue Flags with Walton’s Albion Beach joining the top rank.

On top of that eight beaches, including Brightlingsea’s, have also scooped Seaside Awards for this year – two more than last year. The others are: Martello Bay at Clacton; West Beach, Clacton; Frinton Beach; Dovercourt Bay Beach; Harwich Beach; Albion Beach, Walton; and the Naze at Walton.

The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards were announced by Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the scheme in England.

To receive a Blue Flag beaches have to be able to reach certain standards in a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services. Seaside Awards recognise and reward beaches that achieve high standards of management.

The guidelines for water quality changed last year making it tougher for many beaches around the country to retain Blue Flags. TDC has worked in partnership with the Environment Agency and Anglia Water to achieve the awards.


Lizzie Ridout, TDC’s Research and Projects Officer, said it is an amazing achievement and something the District can be really proud about.

“Five European Blue Flags is the most we have ever had flying from Tendring’s beaches and it’s a major triumph,” she said.

“Along with eight Seaside Awards, residents and visitors to our District can be assured that we have some top quality beaches, with water quality of the highest possible standard and onshore facilities to match.”

“The beaches are a vital ingredient of our tourism offer and this success will contribute to our local economy.”

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