Brighton and Hove’s beaches were handed Blue Flag awards today (May 17), marking them out as being among the best in the country.
The award tells the public the beaches are clean, safe beach with great facilities and water quality.
And Saltdean’s beach was handed a Seaside Award, which signals that it meets the highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.
A total of 65 beaches in England were awarded Blue Flags and 125 beaches were presented with a Seaside Award.
Cllr Alan Robins, lead member for tourism on Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “We’re delighted to have our beaches endorsed as among the UK’s best. It takes an enormous amount of concerted effort by a great number of people to achieve these standards.
“Special thanks must go to our beach cleaning teams, national and community beach cleaning volunteer groups, the dedicated Seafront Office and Beach Lifeguard Team and our partners at Southern Water who are always looking at methods and measures to improve the water quality along our coastline.”
Chris Ingall, Brighton and Hove’s seafront operations manager, said: “This is great recognition for everyone’s hard work. As a city we’re promoting the reduction of single use plastics and removal of waste from our beaches. There is still a lot to be done but the tide is turning on this global issue.
“My message to everyone who comes to our lovely beachfront is to please be considerate, use the bins provided, recycle where possible and leave the place tidy for everyone to enjoy!”
The awards are run by Keep Britain Tidy, an environmental charity.