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Newquay beach gets the Blue Flag and dog friendly status

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8:04am 18th May 2018
(Updated 8:04am 18th May 2018)

A beach in Newquay has been named as the first in the country to have both Blue Flag and dog friendly status.

It means Great Western is both clean and safe and it also allows pets on a certain stretch of the sand.

The beach has a voluntary dog ban in place between May and September, during lifeguard hours only, from 10am through until 6pm.

Beach manager Adam told Pirate FM: "It's massively important for us, a big part of our business is being dog friendly, we are one of the few beaches in Newquay which is dog friendly.

"We didn't want to just all of a sudden exclude all of our loyal customers and dog walkers who come down on a daily basis.

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"So I think we've got a good compromise, we've got a voluntary dog ban in place, we we're asking for locals to get behind the scheme and be proud of having a Blue Flag beach that is dog friendly, it's something to shout about.

"So we've got a voluntary dog ban, it's in place between May and September and only when the lifeguards are on."

The system at Great Western allows welcomes dogs to a certain area of the beach, whilst also ensuring that the new Blue Flag area is dog free to comply with the required global standards.

Frankie Thomas from Visit Cornwall said: "More and more people are bringing their dogs with them on holiday to Cornwall, so for tourists to be able to experience world-class standard beaches whilst on holiday in Cornwall is fantastic, and something that you can't do anywhere else in the country."

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Eight Blue Flags have been given to beaches across Cornwall along with 14 Seaside Awards.

That is more than anywhere else in the country.

They are handed out for cleanliness, safety and for meeting the highest environmental and bathing standards.

Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Widemouth Bay near Bude and Porthmeor in St Ives are among them.

Which Cornish beaches have Blue Flags?

Gyllynvase beach in Falmouth, Carbis Bay, Porthmeor in St Ives, Great Western beach in Newquay, Polzeath in north Cornwall, Trevone Bay near Padstow and Widemouth Bay near Bude. Only Porthminster in St Ives lost its Blue Flag status.

Which Cornish beaches have Seaside Awards?

Carbis Bay, Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Great Western in Newquay, Perranporth, Polzeath, Porth, Porthtowan Porthmeor in St Ives, Porthminster in St Ives, Sennen Cove, Trevone Bay near Padstow, Crooklets and Summerleaze in Bude and Widemouth Bay.

8:04am 18th May 2018

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