Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches gain Keep Wales Tidy awards


Matt Jones

TWO Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches have been successful in gaining awards, as part of the Keep Wales Tidy beach awards programme.

Prestatyn Central and Rhyl Central have received the coveted Seaside Award, recognising their water quality and facilities.

The distinctive yellow and blue flag will fly over the two beaches this year, after they met the standards set for water quality and infrastructure providing facilities that are clean, safe and well managed, over 29 different criteria.

Ian Olson, Assistant Leisure Officer for Denbighshire's Coast, highlighted the partnership work that goes on to achieve these awards.

He said: "A considerable amount of effort and time is spent in applying and working to achieve and sustain these awards.

"Officers from Natural Resources Wales, Scientific Services, Denbighshire Leisure, Streetscene and Regeneration all work hard to ensure that the infrastructure, water quality and public realm are to the standards required to meet the criteria.

"We are really pleased that both towns have achieved these awards which demonstrate the fabulous assets the beaches are to our County and will encourage more people to visit the coast."

Last month Rhyl beach regained a minimum water quality standard after one of the driest summers in recent memory.

Sea charity The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) upgraded the resort’s beach to meet “mandatory bathing water standards”, after it failed in 2013.

Prestatyn and Pensarn beaches  both had their ratings upgraded.

The MCS Good Beach Guide 2014 uses data collected by Welsh Water, Denbighshire Council and Conwy County Council, last year to assess water quality, with mandatory, the third out of four ratings.

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