Angus beaches win Blue Seaside Award flags

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ANGUS has made a tidy haul at this year’s annual beach awards.

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) announced on Monday that they have awarded five Angus beaches one of their coveted Blue Seaside Award flags.

For the first time, Monifieth has won an award, while Montrose has retained the Resort Seaside Award for the eighth year in a row.

Carnoustie was awarded the Rural Seaside flag for the sixth time, while Arbroath and Lunan Bay both won theirs for the second time.

Not only does this mean that Angus has won more awards than any previous year, but that each of the designated bathing areas in the council area now flies a blue flag of excellence.

Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Derek Robertson said: “Over the last 11 years the number of Seaside Awards in Scotland has more than quadrupled.

“There were just 13 in 2000, so I like to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes in to achieving and keeping these awards by Angus Council and the local communities.

“And I would like to say a huge ‘congratulations’ for the outstanding results for Angus for this year!

“I’d also like to encourage people, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer and then let us know what they think of them by using our exciting ‘score the shore’ rating system at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal.”

Councillor Jim Millar, convener of Angus Council neighbourhood services committee, is particularly happy with the addition of Monifieth.

He commented: “I am delighted that we have achieved Rural Seaside Awards for our beaches at Lunan Bay, Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth, as well as a Resort award for Montrose.

“Following a successful joint community application for Monifieth beach to become a new site under the Bathing Water Directive, we were able to make an application for a Seaside Award for the first time, as regular water quality testing will now be carried out by SEPA.

“I hope that local people and visitors alike will enjoy visiting these and the other beautiful beaches of Angus this summer.

“I would like to thank members of the public for their part in keeping our beaches looking so unspoilt by taking home their litter.”

For more information, including pictures, directions, descriptions and a map of the award winning beaches of Angus, visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal.