Take Pride in Your Beach this summer07/06/19
The start of this year’s bathing season at Broughty Ferry is being used to remind people to Take Pride in the award-winning beach this summer.
For the 16th year running, the quality of the sands have been recognised with a Scotland’s Beach Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Bathing water quality has also been designated ‘Excellent’ under the EU Bathing Water Classification.
City council neighbourhood services convener Councillor Kevin Cordell and depute Councillor Anne Rendall joined with local community groups, pupils from Grove Academy and lifeguards to highlight how people can help keep the beach clean over the summer.
Councillor Cordell said: “As the bathing season starts, we are asking people to keep supporting our long-running Take Pride in Your City campaign.
“When the sun shines, there is no better place to be than Broughty Ferry beach.
“But I am keen that people take responsibility for their litter and waste and dispose of it responsibly. Everyone can play their part in helping keep the local environment tidy.
“We have also installed extra bins around the Castle and Castle Green to Windmill Car Park areas to help cope with demand in Broughty Ferry during the busy summer months.
“Our campaign extends to all the superb parks and green spaces around Dundee. They are great places for families to spend time during the summer holidays for activities in the fresh air.
“I would ask everyone to Take Pride in our environment and help keep the city clean.”
Groups involved in the launch included Grove Academy pupils who help with litter picks at the beach and the Broughty in Bloom group who help with planting around the area.
Councillor Rendall added: “Dundee is now at the centre of unprecedented international attention and I am delighted that visitor numbers are growing.
“We need to all play our part to make the city a welcoming and pleasant place.”
Scotland’s Beach Awards celebrate clean, well-managed and sustainable beaches which demonstrate excellent management and environmental best practice, ensuring high standards.
To achieve a Keep Scotland Beautiful Beach Award 25 criteria must be met, recognising well managed access and facilities, high standards of cleanliness, safety and community engagement reflecting the needs of users.
Broughty Ferry beach is a designated bathing water monitored by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) between June 1 and September 15 and given an ‘EU Bathing Water classification’ based on four years of monitoring data. ‘Excellent’ is the highest classification awarded.
Take Pride in Your City is a community campaign which aims to encourage everybody to take a pride in Dundee by helping to make a difference in our neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces.
Dundee City Council aims to encourage individuals, groups and organisations across Dundee to help in the effort to prevent litter, dog fouling, fly-tipping and discarded chewing gum from blighting the city.
More details at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/take-pride-in-your-city
The campaign is on social media #TakePrideDundee
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