beach's new Seaside Award 'will help attract more visitors'
new award for Berrow beach will help to promote the village and
attract more families to visit, the Parish Council has said this
first reported here earlier
this week, nationwide campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has awarded
Berrow Beach a coveted 'Seaside Award'.
Britain Tidy awards its prestigious Seaside Awards to the best beaches
around the UK.
Parish Council Chairman Barry Kew told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
Parish Council, Sedgemoor District Council and everyone associated
with local tourism are very pleased that our Berrow Beach has received
this important national award. It obviously helps attract families
to our beach and the wider area, which relies heavily on tourism."
of Berrow's award was this week welcomed by Sedgemoor District Council,
which manages the beach, and its Chairman, Cllr Mike Cresswell,
and Resort Manager Graham Newing formally received the award this
week, as pictured.
Berrow's beach has been praised, unfortunately Burnham's 'poor'
bathing water quality rating from the EU means the town has been
disqualified and won't received the same seaside award in 2017.
spokeswoman Claire Faun welcomed Berrow's award, saying: "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 beaches."
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."
Burnham's beach is not on the awards list for a second year running,
work is underway to clean up the beach and improve its sea water.
The Friends of Burnham Beach undertake regular beach cleans to reduce
marine litter and improve the bathing water quality. A major programme
of work is also underway by Wessex Water to improve the sea water
beach received a 'poor' rating in the latest EU inspection due to
the stricter new EU bathing water quality standards - even though
local councillors and tourism bosses stress that the town's sea
water quality has not worsened. It is only the method of surveying
it that has changed.