Yorkshire’s beaches have been officially recognised as amongst the best in the world.
Keep Britain Tidy an anti-litter charity today announced that Yorkshire has 17 award winning beaches this year, including five that have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag because they have the highest standard of water quality, cleanliness, environmental management and safety.
Who needs Spain when you’ve got some of the best beaches in the world on your doorstep?, now people traveling to a Yorkshire hotel can enjoy clean and scenic beaches.
Scarborough’s North Bay, Filey and Whitby all received Blue Flags as well as Hornsea and Withernsea who gained back their status after missing out last year.
Bridlington were the only major beach to miss out on the prestigious Blue flag, missing out on the award by the smallest of margins.
In total fifteen beaches received the Quality Coast Awards (QCA’s) for high standards of beach management, including Bridlington North and South, Robin Hoods Bay, Sandsend and Runswick Bay , giving Yorkshire a higher concentration of QCA’s than any other region in the UK.
North Yorkshire’s beaches haven’t had it all their way though with the news that Yorkshire Water has been fined after Runswick Bay had sewage pollution released into it’s beck accidentally.
It has emerged that Yorkshire water has being fined in excess of £75,000 after it admitted to releasing sewage into the beck at Runswick Bay accidentally.
Since then the water company has taken full responsibility and made vast improvements to their station to make sure it will not happen again.
There was also more damning news for North Yorkshire beaches when it was revealed on Sunday by a big national newspaper that beaches such as Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay and Bridlington South may be unfit to swim by new quality standards coming into force in 2015.