Local News & Archive — May 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm — Updated: May 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Blue Flag and Green awards for North Wales beaches

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Prestatyn Central’s beach has retained its Blue Flag status in this year’s Wales Coast Awards.

The beach is among a record fifty sites in Wales – and the only one in Denbighshire – to receive the prestigious status for the highest water quality and safety.

Two other beaches in the area – Sandy Cove in Kinmel Bay and Pensarn beach in Abergele – were given Green Coast awards for high environmental standards, but Marine Lake in Rhyl lost its status.

Among the key Blue Flag winners were Blue Ocean Adventures in St Davids and Ribride at Menai Bridge – the first sustainable boat tour operators to gain such status.

Keep Wales Tidy CEO, Lesley Jones, said: ”The Wales Coast Awards play a vital role in the continuing growth of coastal and marine tourism. They act as a mark of excellence, ensuring sites are managed effectively and showcasing our beautiful country to an international audience. Visitors to our award-winning beaches, marinas and boat tour operators can be sure they have arrived at a quality destination.”

Enivronment Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, added: ”We all know Wales has some of the most stunning coastline anywhere in the world. Our beaches and coastal areas have long been a magnet for visitors from far and wide as well as being hugely popular with local communities. The fact 50 sites can now proudly fly the Blue Flag and 98 sites in total have been recognised for the quality of their water and facilities is excellent news. This can only have a positive effect on tourism and, in turn, provide a welcome boost for the economy.”

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