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Two beaches in Arun to proudly fly Seaside Awards again this summer

Text: Seaside Award 2024. Animated blue sky on the top half and yellow sand at the bottom, in between is a white sand castle with a yellow star fish on it. The Arun District Council logo is on the bottom right, in white.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has today announced the winners of the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for summer 2024. 

Littlehampton’s Coastguards Beach and Bognor Regis’ East Beach have retained their Seaside Awards – an accolade given for the quality of the coastal area, NOT the water quality which is the responsibility of Southern Water.

Arun District Council, the authority responsible for the day-to-day running of the beaches, has welcomed the good news.

Praising the dedication of everyone involved in maintaining the beaches, Councillor Sue Wallsgrove, Chair of the Environment Committee at Arun District Council, said:

“It’s fantastic news that these two Arun beaches have again been recognised in the Seaside Awards. The flag is a symbol of quality that reassures visitors that they are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed coastal area with good facilities.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in maintaining our beaches to such a high standard, including our beach patrol and other council teams who work tirelessly to keep our seafront operating smoothly. I’d also like to say a massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers and residents who give up their spare time to help keep our seafronts clean with litter picks and other events.

“Winning this award proves that we are ‘doing our bit’ as a local authority to keep our beaches in great condition. We will continue to work with Southern Water to tackle issues with bathing water quality and pollution and keep up the pressure to see improvements.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “These awards are a credit to the collective efforts of beach managers, volunteers, residents and businesses who have worked tirelessly to maintain, protect and improve some of our best-loved and most popular beaches and we’d like to take this moment to recognise and applaud them.

“Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.”

The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches.