Seaside Award for Stonehaven beach

STONEHAVEN beach will once again fly a Seaside Award flag above its sands, after being selected alongside another eight Aberdeenshire beaches for the award.

Awarding body Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) announced the results on May 23, with Stonehaven receiving the accolade alongside Balmedie, Colliston, Cruden Bay, Fraserburgh Esplanade, Fraserburgh Philorth, Inverboyndie, Peterhead Lido and Sandend.

And with the weather hotting up for summer KSB is urging people to take a trip to an award beach and dip a toe in the sea or have a picnic and enjoy our beautiful Scottish beaches.

The Seaside Award programme has been recognising Scotland’s best managed beaches for 19 years, and this year 56 beaches have achieved award status.

There are two categories to the Seaside Award, one which recognises the more rural nature of Scotland’s beaches and a second which is given to resort beaches. All Seaside Award winners, no matter which category they fall into must have well managed bathing water quality, good facilities where present, excellent litter management procedures, information provision and community involvement. Adequate safety measures must also be in place.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of KSB welcomed the announcement.

He said: “Over the last 11 years the number of Seaside Awards in Scotland has more than quadrupled, there were just 13 in 2000, so 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 at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal.”

Peter Argyle, Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “We take great pride in our stunning coastline and are delighted to see a number of our beaches have again been recognised with Rural Seaside Awards.

“A lot of hard work is done to ensure they are cleaned and maintained to a high standard for residents and visitors to enjoy and explore.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Jill Webster, added: “With summer approaching we hope our beaches will attract a large number of visitors to our coastal areas in the coming months.

“Our beaches are among some of the best in the country and these awards highlight how well managed they are.”

A map showing all the award winning beaches with descriptions, directions, facilities and pictures can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal along with an option for people to rate their favourite award beaches.