Portstewart Strand withdrawn from Blue Flag scheme

National Trust owners cite ‘financial’ reasons for not taking part in prestigious scheme

Portstewart Strand withdrawn from Blue Flag scheme

Popular Portstewart Strand will not be flying a Blue Flag this year.

Peter Winter


Peter Winter



PORTSTEWART Strand is without a Blue Flag this summer because of a “financial decision” by beach owners the National Trust.

Last week a list of eight beaches awarded Blue Flags was announced by the scheme's administrators.

Among them are Benone, Downhill and Castlerock, plus West Strand and Whiterocks in Portrush.

To gain a Blue Flag, beaches must demonstrate a four-year record of “excellent” water quality.

And samples at Portstewart have continued to measure up.

*Full story in this week's Chronicle*

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