Hove beach looks set to regain its Blue Flag next year, meaning the city will once again have two top-rated swimming spots.
Environment Agency tests over the summer, a key factor in Blue Flag awards the following year, showed Hove once again met the most stringent EC water quality standards.
Both Hove and Brighton beaches first gained a Blue Flag in 2007. While Brighton kept the honour in 2008, Hove did not. Many other resorts suffered the same fate due to unusually heavy rain last summer washing pollutants from land to sea.
Now the council is likely to apply to the environmental charity Encams to get Hove ’s Blue Flag back.
Council leader Mary Mears said, “Having clean seawater is a badge of honour for a coastal destination. Even though most visitors don’t swim in the sea, clean seawater says something positive about the quality of a place.
“So we’ll be applying again for Hove ’s Blue Flag and are hopeful of getting it. That’s good news for businesses which depend on visitors. Of course it will require the beach to be very well run and litter free – but we know we’re delivering that in Hove and Brighton already.”
The council is also expected to apply for Quality Coast Award flags for beaches at Brighton , Hove Lawns and Saltdean.
Results for water quality are among factors dictating whether a beach can get a Blue Flag. This requires bathing water to reach the EC’s so-called ‘Guideline’ standard - more stringent than the ‘Mandatory’ standard needed to meet the EC Bathing Water Directive.
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