Award for Berrow
beach... but Burnham-On-Sea misses out
campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has presented Berrow beach with
a coveted 'Seaside Award', but Burnham-On-Sea's beach has missed
out this year.
Britain Tidy awards its prestigious Seaside Awards to the best
beaches around the UK.
of Berrow's award has been welcomed by Sedgemoor District Council,
which manages the beach. Its Chairman, Cllr Cllr Ian Dyer, formally
received the award flag on Thursday.
Burnham's beach is not on the awards list this year, a project
is underway to clean-up the beach and sea water following the
introduction of more stringent new EU regulations this year.
Coastal Officer Harriet Yates-Smith is running the independent
community campaign called Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset,
a project led by the Severn Estuary Partnership.
wants to harness Burnhams community spirit to reduce marine
litter and improve the bathing water quality by encouraging people
to consider and reduce their own impacts on water quality through
targeted campaigns, events and education.
comes after Burnhams popular beach suffered a 'poor' rating
last November after stricter new EU bathing water quality standards
came into force, even though local councillors and tourism bosses
have pointed out that the sea water quality has not worsened -
it's only the method of surveying it that has changed.
spokeswoman Claire Faun said: "At a time when more and more
people are choosing to holiday in the UK, the growth of visitors,
alongside residents, enjoying our delightful and dramatic coastline
has highlighted not only the demand but the continued importance
of presenting and retaining clean, attractive and well-managed
Seaside Award beaches can often be very different, they are a
symbol of quality which guarantees to residents and visitors that
the beach is one of the best in the country."