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Date published: 6th May 2016

Defra decision follows NNDC request and formal consultations

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced today that West Runton has successfully passed the tests to achieve the designation.

Beaches and inland lakes that attract a large number of bathers can be designated as bathing waters under the Bathing Water Directive. Water quality at bathing waters is tested during the bathing season, which in England runs from 15 May to 30 September.

Cllr Becky Palmer Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The district is very proud of its four Blue Flag beaches at Cromer, Sheringham, Sea Palling and Mundesley. The Blue Flag status helps both visitors and locals understand how clean a beach and its waters are, as well as the high quality of facilities provided. It is something which is recognised worldwide. Bathing water designation is one of the crucial steps on the way to winning Seaside Award status, and then Blue Flag status.”

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, ward member for the Runtons, said: “This is fantastic news for local people, local business and visitors. The quality of the beach warrants the designation, both in terms of its beautiful visual appeal and in terms of its history. We have coachloads of young people coming here on regular occasions to learn about the West Runton Elephant, the chalk reef and the Cromer Forest Bed.”

The application for the designation was formally made by North Norfolk District Council following a local consultation. Defra ran its own consultation which was completed in March.

West Runton has RNLI Lifeguards operating from July to September, public toilets at the bottom of the gangway, car parking, bus and rail services, a café by the gangway and other food outlets and shops in the village. It also has a voluntary beach warden and a dog free area between May 1 and September 30.

Last updated: 6th July 2016