Local beaches coast to success

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NINE Aberdeenshire beaches have been recognised by Keep Scotland Beautiful as being amongst the best managed in the country.

The beaches, which include local attractions Balmedie and Collieston (right), have been given ‘Seaside Award’ flags this year in recognition of their status.

The award programme, which has been running for 19 years has seen some 56 beaches across Scotland achieve award status in either rural or resort categories.

All Seaside Award winners must have well managed bathing water quality, excellent litter management, information provision and community involvement. Adequate safety measures must also be in place.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, noted that the number of beaches making the grade for the Seaside Awards had more than quadrupled since the year 2000, when just 13 were recognised.

He said “I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes in to achieving and keeping these awards by Aberdeenshire Council and the local communities.

“I’d also like to encourage people, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer and then let us know what they think of them by using our exciting ‘score the shore’ rating system online.”