Award for Berrow beach - but Burnham-On-Sea misses out
campaign group Keep Britain Tidy has this week awarded Berrow beach
a coveted 'Seaside Award' while Burnham-On-Sea beach has missed
out for a second year running.
Britain Tidy awards its prestigious Seaside Awards to the best beaches
around the UK.
Berrow's beach has been praised this week, unfortunately Burnham's
'poor' bathing water quality rating from the EU means the town is
of Berrow's award was this week welcomed by Sedgemoor District Council,
which manages the beach. Its Chairman, Cllr Mike Cresswell, will
formally receive the award this week.
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.
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.
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."