Our beach is one of the best – Seaton Carew given top accolade by Keep Britain Tidy

The beach at Seaton Carew
The beach at Seaton Carew

Council chiefs are celebrating after a seaside resort scooped a top quality award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Seaton Carew’s main beach area has once again been granted a Seaside Award – which is only given to English beaches which meet the very highest standards of cleanliness and facilities.

Debbie Kershaw, the council's quality and safety officer, raises the Seaside Award flag at Seaton Carew.

Debbie Kershaw, the council's quality and safety officer, raises the Seaside Award flag at Seaton Carew.

The accolade also covers:

l Safe access to the beach;

l Beach cleanliness and provision of litter bins;

l Well-maintained and accessible toilets;

We are delighted that Seaton Carew has once again earned this prestigious accolade.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s coastal award manager

l Provision of information points and first aid facilities;

l Encouraging responsible dog ownership.

Seaton’s beach is cleaned every day and is patrolled by lifeguards on weekends, bank holidays and school summer holidays during the spring and summer months.

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s coastal award manager, said: “As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.

“The public can be sure, if they visit a Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world.”

Councillor Marjorie James, the chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, added: “We are delighted that Seaton Carew has once again earned this prestigious accolade.

“The award acknowledges the hard work done by the Council’s Operations Section, lifeguard and cleansing teams throughout the year to keep the beach an attractive, safe and clean place for people to enjoy.

“It’s also an excellent vote of confidence and comes at a time when we are developing exciting proposals to regenerate the resort and further enhance its assets of sea, beach and promenade.”

The award comes as the town’s North Gare beach is expected to get an ‘excellent’ rating for its water quality, despite the introduction of tough new tests,

The Mail reported last week how European standards will be twice as tough to pass as the existing requirement and the Environment Agency is urging water companies, businesses, farmers, local authorities and householders to do everything possible to improve bathing water quality.

Agency staff will be testing water quality throughout the summer, with the results made available through a new Bathing Water Explorer website.

Under the new standards, 18 beaches in the region are expected to be classed ‘excellent.’ Seaton Crew North and Centre beaches are both expected to be rated ‘sufficient.’