Blue Flag for 18th year running in 2016

Blue Flag 2016 at Dawlish warren

Teignbridge District Council marks Blue Flag status. L-R: Teignbridge District Council's resorts supervisor Paul Flory, Teignbridge District Cllr Lisa Mayne, Helen Scott and Andrew Bulpin representing Dawlish Warren Tourism, Cllr Graham Price, Cllr George Gribble and Teignbridge District Council's resorts staff Dave Prior.

Dawlish Warren has achieved Blue Flag status for the 18th year running.

Teignbridge District Council is pleased to announce the popular beach can continue to proudly fly the prestigious flag in the internationally recognised award scheme.

Alongside Dawlish Warren’s achievement, Keep Britain Tidy’s high-profile Seaside Awards have been awarded to Teignmouth Town Beach, Coryton Cove at Dawlish and Ness Cove, Shaldon.

The announcements come as a major boost as the busy tourist season gets underway, with beaches and resorts expecting a lively bank holiday weekend.

The internationally renowned Blue Flag is only presented to those beaches which pass the very strictest of criteria for environmental management, visitor facilities, cleanliness and clean bathing waters, meaning residents and visitors can expect a high quality experience.

Blue Flag winners are allowed to fly their flag during the bathing season and must display their water quality along with facilities provided on ‘easy to read’ beach signage. Award winners are monitored regularly, with the flag taken down if standards drop.

With only select beaches meeting the strict Blue Flag criteria, it is testament to the commitment of leisure and resorts staff that Dawlish Warren can fly the flag for the 18th consecutive year.

Backed by sand dunes, Dawlish Warren offers more than just a traditional bucket and spade beach – it also boasts an internationally protected National Nature Reserve, green space, amusements, shops, pubs and cafes.

In further good news for the Teignbridge coastline, the trio of Coryton Cove, Teignmouth Town Beach and Ness Cove have all won Seaside Awards – something they have achieved every year since the Keep Britain Tidy scheme launched in 2008.

Celebrating the quality and diversity of England’s coastline, the scheme is the nationwide standard for the best beaches across the UK. Only awarded to beaches which achieve very high quality standards, excellent cleanliness, safe access and appropriate signage, it is further testament to the hard work put in by Teignbridge’s leisure and resort staff

All the awards reassure residents and visitors that they can look forward to some of Teignbridge’s best loved beaches, with a confidence that their visit will be both safe and enjoyable as all the beaches have to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and management.

Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Leisure Cllr George Gribble, said:
“Dawlish Warren’s award of a Blue Flag for the 18th year running and Seaside Awards for Coryton Cove, Teignmouth Town Beach and Shaldon Cove mean we can proudly provide safe, quality beaches for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“These prestigious awards will help attract visitors to our wonderful coastline and give traders, the local community and Teignbridge staff a huge boost ahead of the bank holiday weekend and busy summer season.

“A big thank you to goes to Teignbridge District Council's dedicated resorts staff and rangers, local traders, partners and visitors for their continual efforts in ensuring our beaches meet the stringent standards so we can retain these high-profile awards.”

Helen Scott, Chairman of Dawlish Warren Tourism, said:

“We are delighted that Dawlish Warren Beach has received the Blue Flag Award for the 18th consecutive year. This shows consistent high quality bathing standards and is a credit to the local tourism industry. Our thanks go out to the many people who work tirelessly to keep the resort clean and tidy.”

The awards have been welcomed by Teignbridge District Council's ward members.

Cllr Lisa Mayne, ward member for Dawlish Central and North East, said:

"A big thank you to Teignbridge's Resorts Manager Sarah Leech and the team on helping Dawlish Warren fly the blue flag for the 18th successful year. This is such a fantastic achievement."

Cllr Graham Price, ward member for Dawlish Central and North East, said:

"This is a just and fitting reward for the consistent hard work and faith shown in the resort by Teignbridge District Council, Dawlish Town Council and all the Warren traders.

"The continuing improvements and investments have enabled the resort to attract new visitors and retain the all important repeat business which is vital for the health of the businesses but also the financial health of the area."

  • Issued May 19th, 2016