Sunderland beaches keep ‘Seaside Awards’ – but are still without Blue Flags

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TWO Sunderland beaches have today been recognised for their high standards.

Seaburn and Roker beaches lost their coveted Blue Flag status in 2012 due to concerns by Keep Britain Tidy over their bathing water quality.

But today it has been announced that both beaches have kept their Seaside Awards, first given to them last year, for improving the quality of their water.

Once a beach loses its Blue Flag status, it is four years before it can regain it.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Seaside Award for Roker and Seaburn Beaches.

“Maintaining our beautiful coastline will always remain a priority, and the cleaning and maintenance regimes we have in place ensure the beach, pier and promenade are maintained to the highest of standards at all times.

“Along with many other beaches around the country, Roker and Seaburn unfortunately lost Blue Flag status in 2012, with UK coastal waters badly affected by higher than usual levels of rainwater draining into them from land and rivers.”

Across the country, 56 beaches were awarded the Blue Flag, while 112 won the Seaside Award.

Richard McIlwain, programmes director for Keep Britain Tidy said: “The sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a great time.”