North Coast Beaches Awarded 7 June 2012
Attwood presents Special Award for Coleraine beaches
Alex Attwood has presented Coleraine Borough Council with a Special Award for
its Blue Flag Beaches.
This is the 25th Anniversary of the International Blue Flag programme and Coleraine has the most Blue Flag beaches of any council area in Northern Ireland.
The Minister said: “Ireland has a wonderful coastline but the North Coast is probably the jewel in the crown for seaside visitors. There are so many great beaches in the same area and all have top class facilities to suit every taste from building sand castles to surfing. But we need to maximise their potential and that is why I organised a series of Good Beach Summits last year with that aim in mind.”
The Award was presented in Portmarnock where Phil Hogan, TD Minister for the Environment, Communities and Local Government was presenting Blue Flag and Green Coast awards to beaches in the South.
Minister Attwoods participation is recognition that tourism and the coastal economy are closely linked North and South. He added: “I welcome the success of the respective awards ceremonies for Ireland and Northern Ireland under the Blue Flag and Green Coast Schemes organised by An Taisce and Tidy Northern Ireland. This is recognition at the highest level that Ireland’s beaches, North and South, are among the best in the world both for tourists and day visitors.”
The Award was received by Deputy Mayor of Coleraine Borough Council, Cllr. William King who was supported by Mark Strong, Countryside Development Officer and Alex Carmichael, Leisure Services Officer.
Portrush West was the first beach in the Borough the win a Blue Flag in 1994. Since then the Council has worked hard to improve standards to their present exceptional level.
Coleraine Borough Council manages five major beaches – Downhill, Castlerock, Portrush West Strand, Portrush East Strand and Whiterocks and all have been recognised this year for achieving the highest standards of cleanliness, facilities and general management. In the middle is Portstewart Strand, managed by the National Trust, which also achieved the International Blue Flag Award.