Revealed: The nine Bournemouth and Poole beaches awarded blue flags for clean shores, top facilities and high water quality

Bournemouth Echo: SANDS: Cllr Xena Dion, together with the Sandbanks Beach Team, celebrates Poole’s designation as a Blue Flag beach SANDS: Cllr Xena Dion, together with the Sandbanks Beach Team, celebrates Poole’s designation as a Blue Flag beach

THE south west boasts the most award-winning beaches in the country and Poole and Bournemouth rate second highest of all seaside resorts with four each.

Nineteen beaches in the region have gained the coveted Blue Flag and 30 have picked up Seaside Awards, Keep Britain Tidy has announced.

The flags will again be flying at Canford Cliffs, Shore Road, Branksome Chine and Sandbanks at Poole; Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk and Southbourne at Bournemouth and Swanage Central.

All these beaches have been rewarded for their facilities, cleanliness and for meeting the highest international standards of water quality.

Across the country there are 168 award-winning beaches this year.

Sandbanks is celebrating its 27th year as a Blue Flag beach, having received the award since 1987.

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure and culture, Borough of Poole, said: “Poole’s beaches really are a fantastic place for both residents and visitors to enjoy and everyone is tremendously proud that they have once again achieved Blue Flag status.

“We are very fortunate to have three and a half miles of beautiful beaches on our doorstep and the council’s staff work really hard to maintain and manage the beaches to attain award-winning standard, which ensure the Blue Flags keep flying.

“These awards continue to put Poole on the map as a quality visitor destination and I would like to thank all of our staff and partners for their hard work and dedication to ensure that our outstanding beaches remain world class.”

Cllr Lawrence Williams, Bournemouth council’s cabinet portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and culture, added: “I am very proud. It is a great honour for the town and I would like to pay tribute to all the staff involved who put so much work into the beaches and have made this possible.”

Thanet in Kent claimed the title for the most Blue Flag beaches, with seven.

Richard McIlwain, programmes director for Keep Britain Tidy said: “The sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a really great time.”

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7:34am Tue 20 May 14

southbourne lover says...

Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.
Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming. southbourne lover
  • Score: 11

8:28am Tue 20 May 14

anotherfatslob says...

These are about water quality last year,this year,after the wet winter,the water is minging.
These are about water quality last year,this year,after the wet winter,the water is minging. anotherfatslob
  • Score: 0

11:47am Tue 20 May 14

Flakasteve says...

southbourne lover wrote:
Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.
How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?
[quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.[/p][/quote]How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through? Flakasteve
  • Score: -5

11:55am Tue 20 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Flakasteve wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.
How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?
They are not poor people, they are professional beggars. If you walk through the middle of town every day, you will soon notice that they share around a few of the obligatory sympathy dogs (how can you afford to buy/keep a dog if you are allegedly skint and homeless?), and recently another scheme is a few of them sharing a guitar outside Tesco. Some of the Big Issue sellers have been doing it for almost a decade and still claim to be homeless and trying to get into a night shelter (both of which are against the regs for selling it). Don't be fooled. If you were really homeless and had no money, would you buy a dog, have a mobile phone and drink Costa or Starbucks coffee, never mind wine or cider at 9am, or try and save up for a night shelter place?
[quote][p][bold]Flakasteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.[/p][/quote]How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?[/p][/quote]They are not poor people, they are professional beggars. If you walk through the middle of town every day, you will soon notice that they share around a few of the obligatory sympathy dogs (how can you afford to buy/keep a dog if you are allegedly skint and homeless?), and recently another scheme is a few of them sharing a guitar outside Tesco. Some of the Big Issue sellers have been doing it for almost a decade and still claim to be homeless and trying to get into a night shelter (both of which are against the regs for selling it). Don't be fooled. If you were really homeless and had no money, would you buy a dog, have a mobile phone and drink Costa or Starbucks coffee, never mind wine or cider at 9am, or try and save up for a night shelter place? speedy231278
  • Score: 10

11:55am Tue 20 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Flakasteve wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.
How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?
They are not poor people, they are professional beggars. If you walk through the middle of town every day, you will soon notice that they share around a few of the obligatory sympathy dogs (how can you afford to buy/keep a dog if you are allegedly skint and homeless?), and recently another scheme is a few of them sharing a guitar outside Tesco. Some of the Big Issue sellers have been doing it for almost a decade and still claim to be homeless and trying to get into a night shelter (both of which are against the regs for selling it). Don't be fooled. If you were really homeless and had no money, would you buy a dog, have a mobile phone and drink Costa or Starbucks coffee, never mind wine or cider at 9am, or try and save up for a night shelter place?
[quote][p][bold]Flakasteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.[/p][/quote]How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?[/p][/quote]They are not poor people, they are professional beggars. If you walk through the middle of town every day, you will soon notice that they share around a few of the obligatory sympathy dogs (how can you afford to buy/keep a dog if you are allegedly skint and homeless?), and recently another scheme is a few of them sharing a guitar outside Tesco. Some of the Big Issue sellers have been doing it for almost a decade and still claim to be homeless and trying to get into a night shelter (both of which are against the regs for selling it). Don't be fooled. If you were really homeless and had no money, would you buy a dog, have a mobile phone and drink Costa or Starbucks coffee, never mind wine or cider at 9am, or try and save up for a night shelter place? speedy231278
  • Score: 5

12:02pm Tue 20 May 14

southbourne lover says...

Flakasteve wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.
How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?
You know what they say about sarcasm?
[quote][p][bold]Flakasteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.[/p][/quote]How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?[/p][/quote]You know what they say about sarcasm? southbourne lover
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Tue 20 May 14

agp1337 says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Flakasteve wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.
How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?
They are not poor people, they are professional beggars. If you walk through the middle of town every day, you will soon notice that they share around a few of the obligatory sympathy dogs (how can you afford to buy/keep a dog if you are allegedly skint and homeless?), and recently another scheme is a few of them sharing a guitar outside Tesco. Some of the Big Issue sellers have been doing it for almost a decade and still claim to be homeless and trying to get into a night shelter (both of which are against the regs for selling it). Don't be fooled. If you were really homeless and had no money, would you buy a dog, have a mobile phone and drink Costa or Starbucks coffee, never mind wine or cider at 9am, or try and save up for a night shelter place?
Absolutely right. I avoid them like the plague. Many of these people are actually on a decent living, and some earning more than me! And before you ask, I give monthly to charities which catch my eye and are genuine, Stephen Sutton being the most recent.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flakasteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.[/p][/quote]How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?[/p][/quote]They are not poor people, they are professional beggars. If you walk through the middle of town every day, you will soon notice that they share around a few of the obligatory sympathy dogs (how can you afford to buy/keep a dog if you are allegedly skint and homeless?), and recently another scheme is a few of them sharing a guitar outside Tesco. Some of the Big Issue sellers have been doing it for almost a decade and still claim to be homeless and trying to get into a night shelter (both of which are against the regs for selling it). Don't be fooled. If you were really homeless and had no money, would you buy a dog, have a mobile phone and drink Costa or Starbucks coffee, never mind wine or cider at 9am, or try and save up for a night shelter place?[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. I avoid them like the plague. Many of these people are actually on a decent living, and some earning more than me! And before you ask, I give monthly to charities which catch my eye and are genuine, Stephen Sutton being the most recent. agp1337
  • Score: 4

12:43pm Tue 20 May 14

GarrySibbald says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
These are about water quality last year,this year,after the wet winter,the water is minging.
I'm trying to work out where you are referring to. I've seen plenty of reports from swimmers over the weekend who have swam in areas along the whole coastline all saying it's good. I swam off Fisherman's Walk last night andalso found the water clean and really clear. All I can say is; jump in, the water's fantastic!
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: These are about water quality last year,this year,after the wet winter,the water is minging.[/p][/quote]I'm trying to work out where you are referring to. I've seen plenty of reports from swimmers over the weekend who have swam in areas along the whole coastline all saying it's good. I swam off Fisherman's Walk last night andalso found the water clean and really clear. All I can say is; jump in, the water's fantastic! GarrySibbald
  • Score: 4

5:37pm Tue 20 May 14

Redgolfer says...

Flakasteve wrote:
southbourne lover wrote:
Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.
How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?
IF THEY WERE POOR, you have sympathy BUT THESE ARE PROFFESIONAL BEGGARS, you see the same old faces every day, add a dog and you get more money for your booze and fags and I thought begging was an offence, where are the police ???
[quote][p][bold]Flakasteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: Although this is good news and the workers deserve praise it is a shame they do not apply the same standards to the town centre. I walked from Bournemouth Town Hall yesterday to W H Smith and was stopped 4 times by people begging, 2 Big Issue sellers and the place was covered in litter. Not very welcoming.[/p][/quote]How terrible that poor people asked you for help, are you ok? Will you pull through?[/p][/quote]IF THEY WERE POOR, you have sympathy BUT THESE ARE PROFFESIONAL BEGGARS, you see the same old faces every day, add a dog and you get more money for your booze and fags and I thought begging was an offence, where are the police ??? Redgolfer
  • Score: 6

11:58pm Tue 20 May 14

Kiki1973 says...

How does an article about how clean the beaches and water are get hijacked and taken off topic so easily?!
How does an article about how clean the beaches and water are get hijacked and taken off topic so easily?! Kiki1973
  • Score: 1

12:16am Wed 21 May 14

Chris12 says...

Hurrah, a good news story. Now, let's bring it back down with comments about beggars . Every silver lining eh.....
Hurrah, a good news story. Now, let's bring it back down with comments about beggars . Every silver lining eh..... Chris12
  • Score: 2

4:12am Wed 21 May 14

guisselle says...

Chris12 wrote:
Hurrah, a good news story. Now, let's bring it back down with comments about beggars . Every silver lining eh.....
I'm sure that most of our sea-side towns have clean beaches, Devon Cornwall
and some in Scotland! You can't beat Sandbanks and Shell Bay I must say!
Have a gorgeous summer!
[quote][p][bold]Chris12[/bold] wrote: Hurrah, a good news story. Now, let's bring it back down with comments about beggars . Every silver lining eh.....[/p][/quote]I'm sure that most of our sea-side towns have clean beaches, Devon Cornwall and some in Scotland! You can't beat Sandbanks and Shell Bay I must say! Have a gorgeous summer! guisselle
  • Score: -1

4:12am Wed 21 May 14

guisselle says...

Chris12 wrote:
Hurrah, a good news story. Now, let's bring it back down with comments about beggars . Every silver lining eh.....
I'm sure that most of our sea-side towns have clean beaches, Devon Cornwall
and some in Scotland! You can't beat Sandbanks and Shell Bay I must say!
Have a gorgeous summer!
[quote][p][bold]Chris12[/bold] wrote: Hurrah, a good news story. Now, let's bring it back down with comments about beggars . Every silver lining eh.....[/p][/quote]I'm sure that most of our sea-side towns have clean beaches, Devon Cornwall and some in Scotland! You can't beat Sandbanks and Shell Bay I must say! Have a gorgeous summer! guisselle
  • Score: -1

6:40am Wed 21 May 14

southbourne lover says...

Kiki1973 wrote:
How does an article about how clean the beaches and water are get hijacked and taken off topic so easily?!
Because the 2 are linked. It is not much good having a first rate, pristine beach if you have to go through a filthy town to get to it.
[quote][p][bold]Kiki1973[/bold] wrote: How does an article about how clean the beaches and water are get hijacked and taken off topic so easily?![/p][/quote]Because the 2 are linked. It is not much good having a first rate, pristine beach if you have to go through a filthy town to get to it. southbourne lover
  • Score: 2

10:48am Wed 21 May 14

GPS_72 says...

If Poole council are so committed to making the Sandbanks area a major holiday destination, maybe they should try ensuring there are services available after 5pm! Lovely evening down at Sandbanks last Sat, beaches were still packed well after 5pm but as per usual the Beach Cafe, shop and ice cream kiosks were all closed, obviously they don't want to make money! Lots of people were walking up to the cafe expecting it to be open. At least Bournemouth have the flexibility to keep its facilities open late when it's busy.

Wake up Poole council, make sure the business owners provide a service that fits users needs or find new ones.
If Poole council are so committed to making the Sandbanks area a major holiday destination, maybe they should try ensuring there are services available after 5pm! Lovely evening down at Sandbanks last Sat, beaches were still packed well after 5pm but as per usual the Beach Cafe, shop and ice cream kiosks were all closed, obviously they don't want to make money! Lots of people were walking up to the cafe expecting it to be open. At least Bournemouth have the flexibility to keep its facilities open late when it's busy. Wake up Poole council, make sure the business owners provide a service that fits users needs or find new ones. GPS_72
  • Score: 0

11:29am Wed 21 May 14

GarrySibbald says...

southbourne lover wrote:
Kiki1973 wrote:
How does an article about how clean the beaches and water are get hijacked and taken off topic so easily?!
Because the 2 are linked. It is not much good having a first rate, pristine beach if you have to go through a filthy town to get to it.
I agree, It's a very tenuous link to say the least; Blue flag rating for clean shores and quality of bathing water compared to begging in the high street. Sounds to me, like someone has a bee in their bonnet on another issue and wants to air it wherever possible!
[quote][p][bold]southbourne lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kiki1973[/bold] wrote: How does an article about how clean the beaches and water are get hijacked and taken off topic so easily?![/p][/quote]Because the 2 are linked. It is not much good having a first rate, pristine beach if you have to go through a filthy town to get to it.[/p][/quote]I agree, It's a very tenuous link to say the least; Blue flag rating for clean shores and quality of bathing water compared to begging in the high street. Sounds to me, like someone has a bee in their bonnet on another issue and wants to air it wherever possible! GarrySibbald
  • Score: 1

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