No Blue Flags for Rother beaches

Camber beach, 23/4/11. ENGSNL00120110426084006
Camber beach, 23/4/11. ENGSNL00120110426084006

Rother District Council did not apply for Blue Flag status for any of its beaches this year because it does not have the resources to do so, the local authority has said.

Neighbouring Hastings Council revealed this week that it had scooped a prestigious Blue Flag award for its Marina beach.

But Rother says it opted out of the scheme, along with neighbouring Eastbourne Borough Council, citing a lack of resources.

An RDC spokesman said: “Applying for Blue Flag status requires investing significant resources which we’re unfortunately not able to commit to in the current difficult financial climate.

“Blue Flag status depends not just on the quality of the water but on a number of other requirements, in particular putting in place infrastructure such as more public toilets, which may be outside the control of the council.

“The fact we don’t have Blue Flag status does not detract from the fact that in Rother we’re blessed with a number of fantastic, clean beaches with good water quality standards which offer a clean, safe environment for visitors and residents to enjoy. This allows us to feature in the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide.”

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