Blue Flag awards for Southend beaches

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for summer 2024, and Southend’s beaches have yet again been named as some of the best in the country.

The council has been awarded four Blue Flag Awards, the most in the East of England. The four beaches are East Beach, Shoebury Common, Three Shells and Westcliff Bay. This means these four beaches all have excellent bathing water quality according to the strict international standards.

Seaside Awards have also been given to all eight beaches: Chalkwell, Jubilee, Thorpe Bay, Three Shells, Shoebury Common, East Beach, Bell Wharf and Westcliff Bay. Thorpe Bay was previously awarded a Blue Flag in 2023, but the water quality is now graded as good rather than excellent following one testing sample out of the twenty taken across the 2023 bathing season showing higher bacterial levels.

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “Visitors to a beach flying a Blue Flag can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.

“The Blue Flag is the world’s most recognised award for beaches and marinas and, to qualify, each applicant must meet and maintain a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria.”