Trafalgar’s Blue Flag is removed pending upgrade of beach facilities

Trafalgar beach's Blue Flag has been temporarily lowered.

APPLICATIONS for the 2017/18 Blue Flag season are now open.

However, concerns over whether Trafalgar will be able to retain its Blue Flag status are growing.

Following reports on the poor state of amenities and public ablution facilities at the beach, Trafalgar beach has reportedly temporarily ‘lost’ its Blue Flag.

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According to Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (Wessa) spokesman, Robert Slater, the Blue Flag at the beach was removed last Wednesday,  pending the repair of the facilities.

Meanwhile residents who fear the worst want Ray Nkonyeni Municipality to intervene before it’s too late.

To retain Blue Flag status, four aspects of coastal management have to be up to standard. These include water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety and services.

Beach amenities that promote tourism and are safe to use for beachgoers are also considered by Wessa.

“In this instance, there is no way our beach will retain the Blue Flag because applications are reviewed by a rigorous multi-stage approval process involving both national and international assessments. The department in charge of beach ablution facilities knows that,” said one concerned resident.

Spokesman for the municipality, Simon April, said they had not yet received a report on the removal of the Blue Flag from the beach, due to the fact that the beach manager was still on leave. He promised, however, to provide an update as soon as they have further information.

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