Brightlingsea’s beach has been named as one of the best in the country. Our beach, along with Martello Bay at Clacton and Dovercourt Bay – retained the prestigious and internationally recognised Blue Flag Award, one of only 16 chosen throughout the whole of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk to receive the coveted accolade for 2011. The announcement followed hot on the heels of one of the best starts to the season with high visitor numbers recorded across the District over the past month.

In addition to the Blue Flags, Tendring’s beaches also scooped six Quality Coast Awards for this year.

Those have gone to Martello Bay at Clacton; West Beach, Clacton; Frinton Beach; Harwich Beach, Albion Beach, Walton and the Naze at Walton.

Tendring District Council (TDC) made the bids for all nine awards and was delighted to be successful with all its applications.

Neil Stock, TDC’s Executive Leader, said it was great news for everyone involved with the holiday industry in the area.

“It is a fantastic achievement to retain these prestigious awards for our nine beaches,” he said.

“It means that flags will be flying high once again this season, giving confidence to both visitors and residents that we have some of the best beaches and facilities in the country.

“Our seaside resorts are only part of the rich variety of attractions we have on offer for families wanting to come to Tendring but they do play a very significant role in pulling in the visitors.”

Cllr Stock added that the guidelines for water quality will be changing in 2015 and the Council will looking carefully at the way it promotes it beaches in the future.

The awards were announced today by Keep Britain Tidy, which administers the scheme in England.

The Blue Flag programme was initially launched by the Foundation for Educational Education in 1987.

To receive a Blue Flag beaches reach certain standards in a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

Quality Coast Awards were first introduced four years ago to recognise and reward beaches that achieve high standards of management.