It only takes less than an hour for Grimsby residents to visit Britain’s best beach
Those staying in Grimsby will need to travel a little further if they want to spend the day at an award-winning Blue Flag beach.
Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has this week announced the winners of the coveted Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for the summer of 2022, which Cleethorps did not enter due to issues with the quality of their bathwater.
The Blue Flag is an international award that considers factors such as water quality, facilities it provides, safety, environmental education and management. The coveted award criteria mean that visitors to the blue flagged beach will know it is recognized as one of the best in the world.
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North East Lincolnshire Council decided not to enter Cleethorpes this year. Beach had won last year and in 2019.
The council confirmed that they did not apply for cleanthorps because the water quality is only ‘good’ when it needs to be ‘excellent’ to meet the criteria. Although the rating is in relation to 2021, water quality continues to deteriorate in recent incidents, including a sewage leak in the North Sea.
In April this year, a sewage pollution warning was issued by the Environment Agency, saying it was not safe to bathe in it. With regard to the omission from the Cleethorps list, a council spokesman said: “The bathing water for Main Beach at Clythorps was rated ‘Good’ by the Environment Agency for 2021. It was rated ‘Excellent’ when built. Application for Blue Flag status should be given.
“Cleathorps is a hugely popular destination and we take pride in making it one of the best seaside resorts on the East Coast. We actively monitor water quality and we work with our partners to improve but many factors affecting it are beyond our control, such as floods and extreme weather. As a resort at the mouth of the Humber, the second largest estuary in the UK, the Cleethorpes can also be affected by events occurring upstream and occasionally into other major rivers such as the Don, the Ouse and the Trent, which all flow into the Humber and the North Sea.”
Where are the closest Blue Flag beaches to Grimsby?
People in Grimsby will need to pack their cars for a day trip to Mabblethorpe, Central Beach, about 30 miles away, to spend the day at their nearest Blue Flag beach. Here you’ll find a sandy beach with everything, including donkey rides, fairgrounds, beachside cafes, pubs and ice cream kiosks, crazy golf and more.
From Mablethorpe, you can venture only a few miles further to Sutton on the Sea, which has also won Blue Flag status. – About 32 miles from Grimsby. Here you can enjoy a wonderful family day out without the hustle and bustle of a busy seaside resort. You can still visit the traditional attractions here and there is parking a short walk from the beach.
If you want to go even further, the next closest is Skagness Central Beach—about 39 miles from Grimsby. A large resort, there is plenty to do with arcades, fairground rides, shops, donkey rides, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, countless fish and chip shops, the Skagness Aquarium, Tower Gardens, crazy golf, and more.
Councilor Martin Foster, Portfolio Holder for Operational Services at East Lindsey District Council, which manages the beaches, said: “We are proud to say to all our residents and visitors that our beaches have completed the year for 2022. has retained its Blue Flag Awards. This status gives confidence to locals, as well as new and returning visitors, that our beaches are well maintained and meet water quality standards.
“This success would not have been possible without our dedicated neighborhood team who work early in the morning until late in the evening to make sure our beaches look their best, we should also thank the many volunteers who work regularly. From picking up the garbage on our beaches, doing a tremendous job.
“It takes a lot of effort to keep our beaches in the best possible condition and they are vital to our visitor economy. Clean beaches help attract large numbers of visitors each year, which helps support our local businesses. Helps and helps maintain and create jobs for local people.”
Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “The success in reaching these demanding very high standards of beaches is testament to all those who have protected and improved our blue spaces, from beach managers and volunteers. So hard to do. Local residents and businesses. The immense commitment required to maintain the wonderful beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.
“Those who visit the beach flying the Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured that the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards as well as international bathing water quality standards.”
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