International award for Chichester beach
West Wittering beach has been recognised with an international award for excellence.
The popular part of Chichester area coastline was one of 16 in the South East to be awarded a ‘Blue Flag’ for water quality and beach management.
National Seaside Awards for quality and diversity also went to Bognor Regis East and Littlehampton Coastguards.
Southern Water aims to bring all bathing beaches it manages in the region up to Blue Flag standard by 2040.
Environment strategy manager for Southern Water, David Tyler, said: “We’ve been working really hard in recent years to play our part in helping to improve the bathing waters in our region. We have invested millions of pounds to reduce the impact of our wastewater network on bathing water quality.
He added: “We should be rightly proud of the recognition the quality of our beaches has achieved by receiving the Blue Flag Awards, and we must continue to work together to help make our beaches the very best that they can be.”
The Bathing Waters Enhancement Programme will see Southern Water work to find and fix sources of pollution preventing seven bathing waters in the region from achieving ‘excellent’ standard.
A specialist team from Southern Water shortlisted 21 bathing waters from the 83 across the region for further investigation.
Pollution can include contaminated rainwater running off roads and agricultural land, wastewater from privately-owned treatment works, boats and animals on the beach.
A spokesperson for Southern Water added that although the 700 miles of coastline have never been cleaner in recent times, standards are now twice as strict due to policy changes in 2015.
The full list of Blue Flag Award winners in the South East are:
Marina St Leonards
Hayling Island Beachlands
Ramsgate Main Sands
West Wittering Beach
The full list of Seaside Award winners in the South East are:
Bognor Regis East
Marina, St Leonards on Sea
Margate Main Sands
Viking Bay, Broadstairs
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