Weymouth Beach named one of the best in Britain

WISH YOU WERE HERE? A packed Weymouth beach

FUN IN THE SUN: Holidaymakers Helen and Geza Elstone play with their nine-month-old granddaughter Poppy-Louie Davies

GET ON BOARD: Donkey rides on the beach

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WEYMOUTH Beach has once again been named one of the best in the country.

Keep Britain Tidy announced the winners of the 2014 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards today.

Beach businesses welcomed the award and said they hoped it came before the start of a bumper tourism season.

Weymouth Beach kept its Seaside Award, formerly the Quality Coast Award, which recognises those shores with the highest standards of beach management, facilities, cleanliness and which meet guidelines for water quality.

Weymouth and Portland Borough councillor Ian Bruce, spokesman for leisure and tourism, said: “We are delighted to receive this award again but special thanks has to go to the wonderful beach team that we have. We take great pride in keeping the beach clean and I must say that our visitors are becoming more aware of how important it is to take their rubbish home with them.”

He added: “It is this type of award that is so important to publicise to people who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Weymouth Beach that it is something that should be on their ‘bucket and spade’ list.”

The council doesn’t enter the Blue Flag section of the awards which demand the highest international standard of water quality.

The South West boasts the most award-winning beaches in the country – with 49 named in the region this year.

In total, 19 beaches have gained the Blue Flag and 30 have picked up the Seaside Award in the South West.

That means the region will be flying more flags than any other region in the country this summer.

Melanie Rush, owner of the Weymouth Beach donkeys, said: “I think it is brilliant that Weymouth has been recognised in this way once again.

“Let us hope it will mark the start to a good tourism season.”

Professor Mark Poulton, one of Britain’s few remaining full-time Punch-and-Judy performers and a well-known figure on Weymouth’s beach, said: “It is fantastic for Weymouth and it is well deserved.

“The award will help to raise the profile of Weymouth and hopefully bring more people into the resort.”

He added that his summer season shows will begin on Saturday. Across the country, 56 beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, while 112 have gained a new Seaside Award.

Awards give tourists confidence
RICHARD Mcllwain, programmes director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, said: “It’s fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that 49 beaches will be flying a flag in the South West that guarantees the public the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer.

“Keep Britain Tidy is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and over the last 60 years we have tirelessly campaigned to improve the quality of our local environment. We have some fantastic coastline and we know that communities up and down the country love their beaches.

“They provide opportunities for people to get outside, relax and have fun for free, whilst visitors to our beaches often provide support for local jobs and inward investment at sea front resorts.

“We know that for many holidaymakers and day- trippers clean, safe beaches, with good water quality and facilities are important factors in deciding which beach to visit and the continuing quality of management at these beaches is a real testament to the dedication, hard work and investment that local authorities and other beach managers put in year after year. The sight of the Blue Flag flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a great time.”

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6:55am Tue 20 May 14

bentleyboy says...

As the beach is fine, why not remove the eyesore laser posts, and now replace the wonderful old strings of fairy lights using the latest technology, like the council are now doing at the harbour side, by using traditional and attractive Victorian posts and LED lights http://lightsoninham
pshire.co.uk/Images/
Gallery/HampshireBoo
klet.pdf
It was heart-breaking to see the lovely old lights removed, which destroyed its charm and character completely at night. The beach still has its traditional donkey rides, and Punch and Judy show, and outstanding Victorian shelters , attractive Palm trees, and the Jubilee Clock and the most impressive Victorian hotels , so the Council can surely now complete the job properly..
As the beach is fine, why not remove the eyesore laser posts, and now replace the wonderful old strings of fairy lights using the latest technology, like the council are now doing at the harbour side, by using traditional and attractive Victorian posts and LED lights http://lightsoninham pshire.co.uk/Images/ Gallery/HampshireBoo klet.pdf It was heart-breaking to see the lovely old lights removed, which destroyed its charm and character completely at night. The beach still has its traditional donkey rides, and Punch and Judy show, and outstanding Victorian shelters , attractive Palm trees, and the Jubilee Clock and the most impressive Victorian hotels , so the Council can surely now complete the job properly.. bentleyboy
  • Score: 7

7:35am Tue 20 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

bentleyboy says...so the Council can surely now complete the job properly..
Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly).
bentleyboy says...so the Council can surely now complete the job properly.. Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly). IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 1

8:44am Tue 20 May 14

cosmick says...

Yes lets have the lights back.
Yes lets have the lights back. cosmick
  • Score: -4

8:50am Tue 20 May 14

peskykat says...

I have always been very proud of our coastline/beach , when I am at Bowleaze Cove and look along the view is marvellous and with it being mainly level ideal for all ages , and we have equal amount of a sandy beach and a pebble beach , on a sunny day the waters sparkle, windy day the sea looks wild , Fantastic .
I have always been very proud of our coastline/beach , when I am at Bowleaze Cove and look along the view is marvellous and with it being mainly level ideal for all ages , and we have equal amount of a sandy beach and a pebble beach , on a sunny day the waters sparkle, windy day the sea looks wild , Fantastic . peskykat
  • Score: 8

8:53am Tue 20 May 14

PHonnor says...

I know many want Weymouth to remain in the Victorian era or at least " as I remember it as a kid" but haveing the lazers and the modernisation of the front helps to drag the town kicking and screaming into the 21st century, anyway the fairly lights were tacky and you can find in any other resort.
I know many want Weymouth to remain in the Victorian era or at least " as I remember it as a kid" but haveing the lazers and the modernisation of the front helps to drag the town kicking and screaming into the 21st century, anyway the fairly lights were tacky and you can find in any other resort. PHonnor
  • Score: 14

9:52am Tue 20 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

PHonnor wrote:
I know many want Weymouth to remain in the Victorian era or at least " as I remember it as a kid" but haveing the lazers and the modernisation of the front helps to drag the town kicking and screaming into the 21st century, anyway the fairly lights were tacky and you can find in any other resort.
I'd agree if the lasers were anything to write home about, but you have to be looking pretty closely to be able to see them at all. A potentially interesting idea that didn't quite work.
[quote][p][bold]PHonnor[/bold] wrote: I know many want Weymouth to remain in the Victorian era or at least " as I remember it as a kid" but haveing the lazers and the modernisation of the front helps to drag the town kicking and screaming into the 21st century, anyway the fairly lights were tacky and you can find in any other resort.[/p][/quote]I'd agree if the lasers were anything to write home about, but you have to be looking pretty closely to be able to see them at all. A potentially interesting idea that didn't quite work. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 4

10:35am Tue 20 May 14

heartfelt says...

Our beach is indeed our major asset to the tourist industry and to the general economy of the town. Why is it then, in recent years,we have allowed various rides, "attractions", large decked seating areas to beach cafes etc.,to intrude more and more into our "sands". If this trend is permitted to continue at high tide it will result in Standing Room Only for those who wish to use the beach, due to this mismanaged clutter.
Our beach is indeed our major asset to the tourist industry and to the general economy of the town. Why is it then, in recent years,we have allowed various rides, "attractions", large decked seating areas to beach cafes etc.,to intrude more and more into our "sands". If this trend is permitted to continue at high tide it will result in Standing Room Only for those who wish to use the beach, due to this mismanaged clutter. heartfelt
  • Score: 9

10:59am Tue 20 May 14

PHonnor says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
PHonnor wrote: I know many want Weymouth to remain in the Victorian era or at least " as I remember it as a kid" but haveing the lazers and the modernisation of the front helps to drag the town kicking and screaming into the 21st century, anyway the fairly lights were tacky and you can find in any other resort.
I'd agree if the lasers were anything to write home about, but you have to be looking pretty closely to be able to see them at all. A potentially interesting idea that didn't quite work.
Fairy nuff ( geddit? ) The town does need to move on though but there always seems people who dont want change, luddites if you will.
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PHonnor[/bold] wrote: I know many want Weymouth to remain in the Victorian era or at least " as I remember it as a kid" but haveing the lazers and the modernisation of the front helps to drag the town kicking and screaming into the 21st century, anyway the fairly lights were tacky and you can find in any other resort.[/p][/quote]I'd agree if the lasers were anything to write home about, but you have to be looking pretty closely to be able to see them at all. A potentially interesting idea that didn't quite work.[/p][/quote]Fairy nuff ( geddit? ) The town does need to move on though but there always seems people who dont want change, luddites if you will. PHonnor
  • Score: 5

12:06pm Tue 20 May 14

bentleyboy says...

Useless Laser lights do NOT fit in to the beautiful Victorian seafront, and Weymouth's main charm is it great beach and sweeping Esplanade and the lovely old fashioned beach attractions that still find favour today, like donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows. What is wrong with further enhancing the charm of the Esplanade with the dear old strings of lights, but using LED lighting on Victorian design street lights, like the Council have done very well recently in the inner harbour approach to the Nothe. This works beautifully and keeps the Victorian tradition alive today. The Council have provided attractive Palm trees, and so the next step should be to remove the ugly street lights there and replace them also.
Useless Laser lights do NOT fit in to the beautiful Victorian seafront, and Weymouth's main charm is it great beach and sweeping Esplanade and the lovely old fashioned beach attractions that still find favour today, like donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows. What is wrong with further enhancing the charm of the Esplanade with the dear old strings of lights, but using LED lighting on Victorian design street lights, like the Council have done very well recently in the inner harbour approach to the Nothe. This works beautifully and keeps the Victorian tradition alive today. The Council have provided attractive Palm trees, and so the next step should be to remove the ugly street lights there and replace them also. bentleyboy
  • Score: -5

1:31pm Tue 20 May 14

lifecoach says...

Beach has always been great. Now get the parking charges relevant and market the town for bucket and spade short break holiday guests rather than this strange attitude that we are a high end sailing mecca like monte carlo and we can get the economy rolling again.
Beach has always been great. Now get the parking charges relevant and market the town for bucket and spade short break holiday guests rather than this strange attitude that we are a high end sailing mecca like monte carlo and we can get the economy rolling again. lifecoach
  • Score: 6

5:29pm Tue 20 May 14

codlips says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
bentleyboy says...so the Council can surely now complete the job properly..
Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly).
Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well. The maintenance of Greenhill, The Nothe, Radipole and Sandsfoot gardens, maintaining the cemeteries, the palms and flower displays on the prom, the cleaning of the beach, town centre and surrounding areas, the trees are also well looked after. So your slating of our council is ****, remember, the employees are not all useless office staff.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: bentleyboy says...so the Council can surely now complete the job properly.. Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly).[/p][/quote]Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well. The maintenance of Greenhill, The Nothe, Radipole and Sandsfoot gardens, maintaining the cemeteries, the palms and flower displays on the prom, the cleaning of the beach, town centre and surrounding areas, the trees are also well looked after. So your slating of our council is ****, remember, the employees are not all useless office staff. codlips
  • Score: 6

6:41pm Tue 20 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

codlips says...Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well.

The items that you list seem to me to be the responsibility of one department of the council and I agree, they do their job well.
Other than these items, please tell me how wonderful the laser lights and the harbour maintenance are, the council's allowing all the beach 'clutter' as described, above, over-charging for parking. etc.
codlips says...Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well. The items that you list seem to me to be the responsibility of one department of the council and I agree, they do their job well. Other than these items, please tell me how wonderful the laser lights and the harbour maintenance are, the council's allowing all the beach 'clutter' as described, above, over-charging for parking. etc. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -3

8:04pm Tue 20 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

codlips wrote:
IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
bentleyboy says...so the Council can surely now complete the job properly..
Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly).
Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well. The maintenance of Greenhill, The Nothe, Radipole and Sandsfoot gardens, maintaining the cemeteries, the palms and flower displays on the prom, the cleaning of the beach, town centre and surrounding areas, the trees are also well looked after. So your slating of our council is ****, remember, the employees are not all useless office staff.
Oh, I agree very much, the actual WORKERS do a sterling job. Most people's complaints, though, are about the executives and the Officers and those who are supposed to be responsible for finance and planning.
[quote][p][bold]codlips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: bentleyboy says...so the Council can surely now complete the job properly.. Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly).[/p][/quote]Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well. The maintenance of Greenhill, The Nothe, Radipole and Sandsfoot gardens, maintaining the cemeteries, the palms and flower displays on the prom, the cleaning of the beach, town centre and surrounding areas, the trees are also well looked after. So your slating of our council is ****, remember, the employees are not all useless office staff.[/p][/quote]Oh, I agree very much, the actual WORKERS do a sterling job. Most people's complaints, though, are about the executives and the Officers and those who are supposed to be responsible for finance and planning. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 4

8:56pm Tue 20 May 14

Genghis says...

heartfelt wrote:
Our beach is indeed our major asset to the tourist industry and to the general economy of the town. Why is it then, in recent years,we have allowed various rides, "attractions", large decked seating areas to beach cafes etc.,to intrude more and more into our "sands". If this trend is permitted to continue at high tide it will result in Standing Room Only for those who wish to use the beach, due to this mismanaged clutter.
Indeed, as this photo shows:

http://www.oldukphot
os.com/graphics/Engl
and%20Photos/Dorset,
%20Weymouth%20Beach%
20and%20Esplanade%20
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[quote][p][bold]heartfelt[/bold] wrote: Our beach is indeed our major asset to the tourist industry and to the general economy of the town. Why is it then, in recent years,we have allowed various rides, "attractions", large decked seating areas to beach cafes etc.,to intrude more and more into our "sands". If this trend is permitted to continue at high tide it will result in Standing Room Only for those who wish to use the beach, due to this mismanaged clutter.[/p][/quote]Indeed, as this photo shows: http://www.oldukphot os.com/graphics/Engl and%20Photos/Dorset, %20Weymouth%20Beach% 20and%20Esplanade%20 c.1920%20-%201280pix .jpg Genghis
  • Score: 0

9:38pm Tue 20 May 14

codlips says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
codlips says...Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well.

The items that you list seem to me to be the responsibility of one department of the council and I agree, they do their job well.
Other than these items, please tell me how wonderful the laser lights and the harbour maintenance are, the council's allowing all the beach 'clutter' as described, above, over-charging for parking. etc.
You quoted.. "Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly)," so I told you a few off the top of my head. I agree with you on the lazors, absolute waste of our cash, the harbour maintenance a joke but I quite like the upturned beach cafes which I think you are calling clutter, as for the sandmans new building, I'm still not sure on that one.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: codlips says...Every comment you make is a moan, I'll tell you just a few things the council have and do do well. The items that you list seem to me to be the responsibility of one department of the council and I agree, they do their job well. Other than these items, please tell me how wonderful the laser lights and the harbour maintenance are, the council's allowing all the beach 'clutter' as described, above, over-charging for parking. etc.[/p][/quote]You quoted.. "Please name any job where the council has been involved that has been completed properly (or maybe even started properly)," so I told you a few off the top of my head. I agree with you on the lazors, absolute waste of our cash, the harbour maintenance a joke but I quite like the upturned beach cafes which I think you are calling clutter, as for the sandmans new building, I'm still not sure on that one. codlips
  • Score: 0

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