Date lodged: 1 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether ministers have issued any guidance to Keep Scotland Beautiful regarding applications for Blue Flag beaches from 2016.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 11 August 2016
The Scottish Government has not issued any guidance nor been involved in any discussions regarding Keep Scotland Beautiful's (KSB) decision not to offer the Blue Flag in 2016.
KSB has now focused on a new scheme to encourage visitors to Scotland's beaches - Scotland's Beach Award. This has been developed to specifically suit Scottish circumstances, especially Scotland's remote beaches.