Hayling Island has been awarded the international Blue Flag again this year, making it the 29th consecutive year!
The prestigious Blue Flag recognises clean and safe stretches of coastline that promote environmental education and offer excellent visitor facilities.
The stretch of Hayling’s beach which runs from the Fun Fair to the border of the golf club has been awarded the flag by the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign.
The criteria to qualify for a Blue Flag include the provision of first aid facilities, clean toilets, recycling facilities and access for disabled visitors. The water is regularly tested, by the Environment Agency, during the summer season to check that it meets the strict bathing water quality standards and winners must also show commitment to environmental management and education.
Natalie Meagher, Havant Borough Council’s Director for Operations & Neighbourhoods, said: “This prestigious award recognises the fantastic work the council, together with Norse South East do to ensure our beaches and the facilities that are provided to our residents and holiday makers are clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.
“Our spectacular seafront has now held this accolade for 29 years continuously, showing how committed and proud we all are of our beautiful beaches.”
Further information about the Blue Flag Award can be found on the Keep Britain Tidy website.
Water quality is tested by the Environment Agency. Any concerns you may have in relation to this should be reported directly to them by calling their 24hr incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.