Four of Lancashire's beaches have been granted Seaside Awards for their high standards of cleanliness.

The national awards, announced by Keep Britain Tidy, have rewarded Blackpool South, Blackpool Central, Blackpool North and Bispham beaches for their high standards of beach management, as well as their nearby facilities and water quality.

Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for climate change, Cllr Jane Hugo, said: “This is great news for local residents and visitors to Blackpool.

“It’s a collective effort to keep our beaches clean and we know how passionately local residents feel about it.

“On behalf of the council I’d like to thank everyone who has played their part.

"From our dedicated Streetscene and Beach Patrol teams, to the many volunteers who litter pick, to every person that does the right thing and disposes of their litter responsibly.

“A visit to the beach is a big part of a trip to Blackpool so it’s really important that we can welcome visitors somewhere that has had an independent seal of approval.

"Wherever you go on our coastline, you are sure of an award-winning beach.

“The number of visitors we are seeing in Blackpool following the pandemic is a great testimony to what Blackpool has to offer and now receiving this award confirms our position as a great place to live and visit.”

Blackpool has more than 800 litter bins, including 250 large capacity bins on the Promenade alone.

They are emptied daily under normal conditions, and collections are increased whenever there is good weather and high visitor numbers.

Reminders are in place to prompt everyone to get rid of their rubbish in the nearest available bin or take it home with them.

Blackpool is part of Turning Tides the cross-agency partnership working together in north west England to do everything possible to improve the quality of our bathing waters.

Through infrastructure, planning, campaigning, volunteering, educating, engaging and hard work, the aim is to make sure everyone enjoys our beaches for generations to come.

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