Tim Prater with SeasideAward flag

Sandgate flies its Seaside Award for 2020

Sandgate beach has been named as one of country’s best beaches by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy – for the eighth year running!

In these uncertain times, it is good to have some certainty and anyone visiting Sandgate Beach this summer can be sure that they are visiting one of the country’s – and the world’s – best beaches.

With the current travel restrictions and the likelihood of foreign holidays being cancelled, a day trip to a beach is likely to be the highlight of most people’s summer.

Sandgate joins the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Deputy Chief Executive Richard McIlwain said:

The success of Sandgate in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.

“This year, with the pressure on local services created by COVID-19, we would urge anyone visiting this fantastic beach to help out by taking their rubbish home with them and leaving the beach as they found it.

Tim Prater, Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council, said:

‘The last few months have been a trial for everyone. However, our beach is a source of delight and place of respite for many, and its great to see it recognised not just locally as a great place to be, but by this national award too.

“It’s the eighth year running that Sandgate has won this award, and is the only beach in Folkestone and Hythe to have done so.”

“Sandgate have received this award for the last eight years not just due to the quality of our beach, but also due to the hard work of many people. they include Marie and the team that keep it clean, Councillors like Nabin Siwa and non-Councillors working as a team, and the Parish Council making sure the key facilities are in place: it just wouldn’t happen without all of them. It’s something our village can be rightly proud of.”