Blue flag for Ainsdale

Sefton Lifeguards at AinsdaleAinsdale beach in Merseyside could be in for a tourist bonanza after its beach was today given the coveted Blue Flag award, the first beach in the northwest to receive the accolade. The award is given to beaches across Europe that meet strict standards of water quality, beach cleanliness, clear information for beach users and good first aid and safety. Commenting on the award, Dave McAleavy, head of Sefton Coast and Countryside, said: "We are all absolutely delighted that Ainsdale beach has been recognised once again as one of the best in Europe. We now hope that this status will enable us to attract external funding for further improvement as part of the Merseyside Waterfront Regional Park." The Blue Flag campaign is administered by Encams (Environtmental Campaigns) on behalf of Europe's FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). Full details of all the beaches achieving Blue Flag status are on the Encams website. In another first this summer, Sefton Lifeguards will issue bathers with a free squirt of sun protection cream from a portable dispenser. The scheme, which is similar to those run for many years in countries like Australia, is a joint initiative between Sefton Council and Primary Care Trust. Bathers can also pick up free sun cream from lifeguards, first aid huts and from the Ainsdale Discovery Centre.

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One Response to “Blue flag for Ainsdale”

  1. Gina Minister Says:

    Visited the beach tonight, with my 8 yr old daughter and the dog. It was unbelievable how clear the beach was having visited it for the first time. I was very impressed to see dog owners with theirs dogs on leads. I will be returning soon hopefully to sunbath for the day. Well done.

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