Hastings and St Leonards beaches receive prestigious Seaside Awards

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A beach in Hastings has won a coveted award, just days after the town’s bathing water was predicted to fail quality tests.

Pelham Beach was one of 111 beaches in the UK to be honoured with a 2015 Seaside Award.

The accolades are handed out by Keep Britain Tidy to the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Alongside Blue Flag status, the Seaside Awards are the quality marks for beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean and safe and meet the highest environmental standards.

The announcement comes just days after the Environment agency warned that Hastings would not meet tough new European standards for bathing water quality.

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Marina beach, in St Leonards on Sea, also received a 2015 Seaside Award.

Keep Britain Tidy’s coastal award manager Paul Todd said: “It is great to be able to celebrate another fantastic year for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.

“The public can be sure, if they visit a Blue Flag or Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world. The fact that 141 beaches will be flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award this summer is testament to the hard work of beach managers up and down the country. They understand that great beaches are good for the communities they serve, good for visitors and, therefore, good for the economy, as more visitors means more money going into our coastal resorts.”

To view a full list of all the award-winning beaches in the UK, visit www.theseasideawards.org/award-winners.

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