Four beaches in Wyre will be flying flags this summer that distinguish them as among the best in the country.
Ferry Beach and Marine Beach in Fleetwood, along with Rossall Beach and Jubilee Beach in Cleveleys, have all been awarded Seaside Awards for another year.
Video above: Looking across Ferry Beach at Fleetwood
Keep Britain Tidy’s Seaside Awards are the nationwide standard for the best beaches across the UK. The flag is a symbol of quality which ensures visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, safe, attractive and well-managed coastal stretch.
Fleetwood Ferry Beach against The Esplanade
Mark Billington, Service Director People and Places, at Wyre Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with this year’s awards that recognise how well-managed and maintained Wyre’s beaches are.
“They have been achieved with support from many residents who take part in community beach cleans along the coastline on a regular basis. Thank you to all those who continue to help look after our beaches.”
Wyre also has two bathing waters, designated outdoor swimming spots at Cleveleys and Fleetwood, which are both classified as ‘good’ in terms of water quality under tough European cleanliness standards.
Mark Billington added: “This really shows that we have both quality beaches and clean water, making Wyre’s coast an attractive and enjoyable place to live and visit.
“Members of the public can play a big part in improving beaches and bathing waters by thinking about what they flush, not dropping litter, joining in beach cleans and always picking up after their dogs.”
The council works closely with other organisations across the North West on a variety of initiatives to improve the quality of beaches and bathing waters, from building new flood defences and sustainable drainage to reducing pollution from sewage systems, agricultural land and surface water outfalls.
When you see the flotsam and jetsam that is washed up onto the beaches at Fleetwood it explains why cleaning beaches and improving water quality is an ongoing battle.
The overwhelming majority of beach rubbish in Wyre comes from the sea.
So if the tides are carrying rubbish here from near or afar, it makes sense that this shore must be receiving the product of other peoples pollution, and along with that a much bigger problem to tackle.
Marine Beach behind the Marine Hall