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(Issued : 1 June 2004)

Flying The Flag At Montrose Beach

The ENCAMS Seaside Awards flag was raised at Montrose seafront today (1st June) by Environmental & Leisure Services convener Joy Mowatt, to signal the start of the beach's first summer as a seaside award winner.

Only those beaches judged to have met ENCAMS strict criteria are entitled to fly the flag. Following improvements to the beach area by Angus Council, Montrose beach achieved award status for the first time this year.

The Seaside Award recognises well-managed beaches, which are clean and relatively safe. There are two award categories: resort and rural. A resort beach must fulfil 29 criteria and a rural beach 13, one of which refers to water quality, which must comply with the mandatory standard of the Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC the previous year.

Montrose Seafront beach has attained the Seaside Award Resort Category of distinction for 2004, fulfilling 29 criteria under the following general headings: water quality - management - safety - cleanliness - information.

The award is valid for one year and the beach will be monitored during the season, which runs from June to September, to confirm that all criteria are being fulfilled.

The ENCAMS seaside awards are generally accepted as a stepping stone towards the achievement of blue flag status and this is the council's goal for Montrose.