MONTROSE beach has received its eighth consecutive Resort Seaside Award, recognising it as one of the best managed in Scotland.
Lunan Bay has also received Rural Award status, awarded by Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB), for the second year in a row helping Angus to its total of five - the most the county has ever received.
It means that all the designated bathing waters in the area have now been recognised for their high standards.
All Seaside Award winners, no matter which category they fall into, must have well managed bathing water quality, good facilities where present, excellent litter management procedures, information provision and community involvement. Adequate safety measures must also be in place.
Local Councillor David May said that Montrose’s inclusion in this year’s awards - as the only Angus resort - will be an “excellent” advert for the town.
He said: “It’s fantastic news for the town and I’m absolutely delighted, as it’s a very good beach, despite continuing problems with coastal erosion.
“For tourists coming here on holiday, I know it’s greatly appreciated.”
Rural awards have also been given to Arbroath, Carnoustie and, for the first time, Monifieth.
Angus Council’s neighbourhood services convener, Councillor Jim Millar, also welcomed the awards, particularly for that given to Monifieth.
He said: “I am delighted that we have achieved Rural Seaside Awards for our beaches at Lunan Bay, Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth, as well as a Resort award for Montrose. “Following a successful joint community application for Monifieth beach to become a new site under the Bathing Water Directive, we were able to make an application for a Seaside Award for the first time, as regular water quality testing will now be carried out by SEPA.
“I hope that local people and visitors alike will enjoy visiting these and the other beautiful beaches of Angus this summer. I’d like to thank members of the public for their part in keeping our beaches looking so unspoilt, by taking home their litter.”
KSB has run the scheme for the last 19 years and this year has made 56 awards across Scotland.
Chief executive Derek Robertson said that since then the number of award-status beaches has increased dramatically.
He said: “Over the last 11 years the number of Seaside Awards in Scotland has more than quadrupled, there were just 13 in 2000, so I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes in to achieving and keeping these awards by Angus Council and the local communities.
“And I would like to say a huge ‘congratulations’ for the outstanding results for Angus for this year.
“I’d also like to encourage people, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer and then let us know what they think of them by using our exciting ‘score the shore’ rating system.”
Further information about the awards can be found online at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/coastal