National recognition for Angus beaches

Montrose beach is one of five in Angus to win a Scotlands Beach Award.

Montrose beach is one of five in Angus to win a Scotlands Beach Award.

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Five Angus beaches have each received prestigious accolades for the high standards of their facilities provided for visitors.

Arbroath, Carnoustie, East Haven, Monifieth and Montrose Seafront have each been given Scotland’s Beach Award for criteria that range from keeping sand litter-free to providing excellent information and clean facilities.

Managed by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, the awards - a newly launched accreditation - celebrate some of the country’s best managed beaches.

Focusing on local environmental quality, the award complements the work by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on bathing water quality.

Ian Bancroft, Trustee with East Haven Together said: “Residents and supporters are delighted to have achieved a community-led beach award. This award recognises the enormous effort in ensuring that visitors have an enjoyable experience when exploring this beautiful part of the Angus coast.”

Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive, said: “Beaches are an important asset to communities and their economies. As a year-round facility, it is vital that our coastlines are maintained to the highest standards and continue to attract visitors from near and far.”

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Angus Council’s Communities vice-convener, also welcomed the awards.

She said: “These awards are fitting recognition of all efforts that ensure we can all enjoy our shorefronts.”