Wallasey's pirates hoist Blue Flag over acclaimed beach
an internationally recognising of bathing beach quality, is now flying
proudly above a Wirral beach. Volunteers from The New Brighteners and the Black Pearl
pirates joined officers from Wirral Council's Parks and Countryside service
and Coastal Rangers to see the raising of the Blue Flag at Wallasey Beach on
Wednesday. The Harrison Drive beach was one of 68 Blue Flag locations
announced by Keep Britain Tidy at its 2017 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. Established in 1987, the Blue Flag Awards recognise that
those visiting its beaches can be sure they are clean and safe, meeting the
highest environmental standards and the tough international bathing water
quality standards. Situated next to Derby Pool car park, Wallasey Beach is
maintained by the Parks and Countryside team at Wirral Council.
Cllr Phill Brightmore, Wirral Council Cabinet member for
Environment, said:- "It is fantastic for Wirral to receive such a
prestigious award for Wallasey beach and it is an endorsement of the hard
work, led by Council staff, but invaluably supported by volunteers and other
local groups, to maintain it year round. This stretch of coastline is already a popular local
destination for families and we hope to welcome more visitors once the blue
flag is flying proudly on the beach."
A survey carried out by Keep Britain Tidy shows that nine
out of 10 people said cleanliness, safety and assured water quality were key
factors in deciding which beach to visit. This year, the international Blue Flag Award Scheme marks
its 30th anniversary. In 1987 12 English beaches achieved their Blue Flag,
and in the 30 years since the number has soared to 68 beaches. To be awarded a blue flag, beaches must comply with a
number of criteria covering:- environmental education and information, water
quality, environmental management, plus safety and services. It also requires a restriction on dogs at peak times.
Accordingly, the Council is asking dog owners not to take their pets onto
Wallasey Beach, between 10am and 5pm, until 30 September 2017.