Heavy rain blamed for flagging disappointment on Brighton and Hove beaches

Posted On 30 Mar 2011 at 11:46 pm

Brighton and Hove’s beaches will not be flying Blue Flags this summer.

Heavy rain has been blamed for the disappointing result for the three beaches – Brighton Kemp Town, Brighton Central and Hove.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “Rainfall tends to wash debris from land to sea – and this reduced water quality during the test period last year.  “However, council officials say water quality is still safe – classified as ‘good’ rather than the ‘excellent’ needed for a flag.

“Many resorts tend to suffer this from time to time and others will be affected this year.”

The council has applied for Quality Coast Awards in recognition of clean well-run beaches.

The awards, like the Blue Flag scheme, are run by Keep Britain Tidy.

Last year Hove and Brighton beaches each had a Blue Flag, having first earned them in 2007.

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