Fine Gael Councillor George Jones this week congratulated all staff of Wicklow County Council involved in the work with the Blue Flag beaches following the recent inspection.

In 2013, Wicklow County Council secured 3 Blue Flags for its beaches at Brittas Bay North & South and Greystones South Beach.

Brittas Bay North Beach was recently chosen to be inspected by FEE (Federation for Environmental Education) as part of internationally spot checking the Blue Flag awards generally. FEE is a non-government, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education.  It is mainly active through its five environmental education programmes: Blue Flag, Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment, Learning about Forests and Green Key.  The vision of the Foundation for Environmental Education is a sustainable world in which education creates positive change for all.

Ireland was chosen for international inspections, along with Northern Ireland and a number of other countries as part of checks on the northern hemisphere.  Brittas Bay North Beach was the only beach in Ireland chosen.

A member of FEE International carried out the inspection on the 16th July, 2013 at Brittas Bay North Beach and it was found to be fully compliant with all 32 Blue Flag Criteria, which includes water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety. It has been very busy on the beach this year and this is a great result when taking into account the amount of people visiting Brittas Bay during the hot spell of weather.

An Taisce, who run the Blue Flag in Ireland, congratulated Wicklow County Council and its staff on this excellent result, during difficult times of cut backs and loss of funding.

Cllr Jones concluded “here in Greystones again with the help of the Council outdoor staff and Tidy Towns members Greystones South Beach has been kept well over the very busy summer“.