Hayling Island has once again been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for 2014 for the 23rd year running.

The stretch of beach from the Fun Fair to the border of the golf club has been awarded the flag by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. The award recognises clean and safe stretches of coastline that promote environmental education and offer excellent visitor facilities.

The criteria to qualify for a Blue Flag include the provision of first aid facilities clean toilets recycling facilities and access for disabled visitors. The water is continuously tested during the summer season to check that it meets the strict bathing water quality standards and winners must also show commitment to environmental management and education.

Councillor David Collins responsible for Environment and Neighbourhood Quality said: This is once again a great achievement for Hayling Island. It is a testament to all the hard work that has gone into maintaining such high standards year after year.

The Blue Flag is a badge of honour for beaches not just in this country but across the whole of Europe. It offers visitors to Hayling Island a guarantee that they have access to a clean safe beach with excellent facilities and residents can be proud of what they have on their doorstep.

Further information about the Blue Flag Award can be found at www.keepbritaintidy.org