HARTLEPOOL is celebrating today after Seaton Carew scooped a top quality award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Seaton’s main beach area has been granted the new Seaside Award. The award – which replaces the Quality Coast Award – recognises and rewards beaches in England which achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet guideline water quality.
The accolade also covers safe access to the beach, beach cleanliness and provision of litter bins, well-maintained and accessible toilets, provision of information points and first aid facilities.
It also looks for signs encouraging responsible dog ownership.
Seaton’s beach is cleaned each day and is patrolled by lifeguards during the spring and summer weekends and school holidays.
Councillor Peter Jackson, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee, said: “We are delighted to receive this important quality award.
“It acknowledges the hard work done by the council’s parks and countryside, lifeguard and cleansing teams throughout the year to keep Seaton Carew beach an attractive, safe and clean place for people to enjoy.”
Richard McIlwain, operations director of Keep Britain Tidy, added: “Holiday-makers and daytrippers want to visit clean, safe beaches and the sight of the Seaside Award flag flying gives them the reassurance that they will.”