Coldingham loses Blue Flag status

Coldingham Bay has retained its Seaside Award status, but hasn’t been able to regain the Blue Flag award which it lost last year, writes Janice Gillie.

The Seaside Awards are made each year by Keep Scotland Beautiful to recognise excellent litter management, safety procedures and water quality – which Coldingham Bay has achieved consistently since 2007.

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for environment, Ron Smith, said: “The Seaside Award flag flying at the beach, along with the brand new RNLI beach lifeguard service, means that the 20,000 people who visit it every year can enjoy a beach that is attractive, safe and clean, and we hope this will encourage even more visitors.”

A Blue Flag flew at Coldingham Bay in 2010 and 2011, but the water quality did not meet the necessary standard last year and, with the criteria even more stringent this year, Coldingham missed out once again, although it continues to be one of the country’s top resort beaches.

Local MSP John Lamont said: “It is a great shame. The Blue Flag is an internationally-recognised award that undoubtedly helped boost tourism. It is important that measures are taken to ensure that Coldingham Bay is once again given Blue Flag status when the awards are next given out.”

The sandy beach, about 200m wide, is part of the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast Special Area of Conservation.