Blue flag re­tained for Bray’s South Beach

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOGARTY

BRAY’S south prom­e­nade has re­gained the Blue Flag sta­tus for 2019.

‘I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled that Bray has re­gained the Blue Flag sta­tus,’ said out­go­ing Cathaoir­leach of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict Pat Vance. ‘This is the third con­sec­u­tive year that our bathing waters have achieved 100 per cent com­pli­ance with EU stan­dards, and not to men­tion that our stun­ning beach is well man­aged, safe and ac­ces­si­ble for beach users,’ he said.

‘A mas­sive thanks to many lo­cal vol­un­tary com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions like Bray Tidy Towns and Bray Coast­care as well as Wick­low County Coun­cil out­door staff, coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive and lo­cal coun­cil­lors who have al­ways been com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing high stan­dards are main­tained along Bray seafront which is a ma­jor as­set to the town.’

A to­tal of 80 beaches and eight mari­nas in Ire­land have re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Blue Flag award for 2019, re­flect­ing their ex­cel­lence in en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion, man­age­ment, wa­ter quality, safety and ser­vices.

The awards were an­nounced by An Taisce, the gov­ern­ing body of pro­tected sites for Ire­land. An Taisce coastal awards man­ager Ian Di­a­mond said: ‘The Blue Flag is an award of ex­cel­lence, the beaches and mari­nas that have achieved this ac­co­lade have com­plied with strict cri­te­ria re­lat­ing to wa­ter quality; safety, fa­cil­i­ties for vis­i­tors, beach man­age­ment, en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion and the pro­vi­sion of in­for­ma­tion.’

David Forde, Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor; Stephen Fox, Ex­ec­u­tive En­gi­neer; Tom Bai­ley, Town Fore­man; Phil Har­ris, as­sis­tant care­taker; Cllr Pat Vance, Cathaoir­leach of Wick­low County Coun­cil; Liam Bourke, Dis­trict En­gi­neer and Declan Har­ris, Bray Seafront care­taker.

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