Fife's beaches recognised with Blue Flag & Seaside Awards
Monday, May 23, 2011
Scotland’s beaches provide the perfect place for a fun day out, and today, 23 May 2011, awarding body Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) announced that six Fife beaches have achieved Blue Flag status and 12 will fly Seaside Award flags. So, with the weather hotting up for summer, KSB is urging people to take a trip to an award beach and dip a toe in the sea or have a picnic.
Proudly flying the Blue Flag in Fife this year will be Aberdour Silver Sands, Burntisland, Elie Woodhaven (Ruby Bay), Leven East, St Andrews West Sands, and St Andrews East Sands. The only other beach in Scotland to fly a Blue Flag this year is Coldingham in the Scottish Borders. These six beaches have also been awarded with the Resort Seaside Award (Aberdour Silver Sands for an impressive 18 years in a row, Burntisland for 11 years, Elie Woodhaven (Ruby Bay) for 13, Leven East for four, St Andrews West Sands for an outstanding 19 years, and St Andrews East Sands for nine). Flying the Rural Seaside Award flag this year will be Crail Roome Bay for the 13th year in a row, Kinghorn (Pettycur) for the 11th year in a row, and Aberdour Black Sands, Kinghorn Harbour, Kingsbarns, and Kirkcaldy Seafield are awarded again.
The Seaside Award programme has been recognising Scotland's beaches for litter management, information provision, risk assessment and safety procedures, and water quality for 19 years, while the Blue Flag is acknowledged in 41 countries worldwide and those that achieve the accolade must ensure all facilities are clean and environmental management and information provision standards are excellent. As a pre-requisite, the bathing water at the beach must also meet the highest standards of the EU Bathing Water Directive.