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Christchurch beaches Avon, Highcliffe and Friars Cliff win accolades from Keep Britain Tidy

THREE beaches across the Christchurch area were given the seal of approval by Keep Britain Tidy.

Avon, Highcliffe and Friars Cliff beaches were among 132 across the country to receive Seaside Awards for cleanliness, safety and meeting the environmental standards.

BCP Council celebrated the results in which nine of the conurbation's beaches were also awarded the charity’s international Blue Flag prize, including Bournemouth Manor Steps and Alum Chine but none in Christchurch.

Avon Beach was among those to win a Seaside Award
Avon Beach was among those to win a Seaside Award

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture, said: “The team works incredibly hard to care for our beaches and there has been a phenomenal amount of work done behind the scenes to roll out this year’s summer readiness plans.

“We consider ourselves lucky to be the guardians of such a breathtaking stretch of coastline and it’s great to know that Keep Britain Tidy have given us their stamp of approval.”

As reported in the A&T, the £3.5m summer readiness plans include a multi-agency command control centre overseeing day and evening operations, responding to any issues arising as visitor numbers increase.

An extra 75 seafront staff will also help keep beaches clean and safe and provide a greater security presence, and 400 triple-sized bins and daily collections will tackle waste.

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