Thursday, 22 May 2014

Flag fiasco blame game

You have to admire Cornwall Council's PR attempt to turn a botched decision not to spend £200 on a Blue Flag into a triumph of mediocrity.

Portfolio holder Edwina Hannaford told Westcountry TV that the Seaside Awards were "near as good" as Blue Flags.  There is then a photo shoot of  the jubilant recipients of second prize  (probably costing more than the £200 extra which would have secured a Blue Flag?).

Visit Cornwall said: " > I was emailed on the 5th February 2014 and informed that CC had decided not to apply for blue flags this year."

 Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment, Heritage and Planning Edwina Hannaford said: “I’m sorry that the decision by Visit Cornwall not to apply for Blue Flag awards for these beaches was not discussed ....

The council now say: "...we have agreed that Cornwall Council will now help put together an application for Blue Flag status for Gyllyngvase beach for 2015 but that the application will be community led. "

So the Seaside Award won't be good enough next year?

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