The Isle of Thanet is home to 19 miles of protected marine waters and coastline, and no less than 16 beautiful beaches and bays. Each has a unique character, and provides a natural habitat for many species of coastal wildlife.
Keeping our coastline clean and safe is a priority for Thanet District Council. The council works hard all year round, hand in hand with partner organisations, to maintain beaches and promenades for the enjoyment of all. Six Thanet beaches have been awarded prestigious Blue Flag Awards for 2023, with a further four Seaside Awards. Maintaining and improving the standard of our beaches is central to the council’s work.
This year, the council is installing updated information boards. Residents and visitors who head to the Isle of Thanet’s most popular beaches and bays can now find out the latest information about that location and the facilities in place. The signs give guidance on how to enjoy each beach safely, while respecting and protecting the natural environment.
The new signs feature website addresses and QR codes so that visitors can access more detailed information via the council’s website.
The boards feature illustrations of some of the birds and sea life most commonly found on our shores, so that visitors can look out for, and identify them. The signs explain how seaweed plays an important part in the marine ecosystem. A downloadable colouring sheet of the illustrations is available on the council’s website.
Cllr Steve Albon, Cabinet Member for Cleansing and Coastal Services, said: “Thanet is known for its world class beaches, and I’m so pleased that we’re installing new signs around our coastline, now we are in the summer season.
“These information boards will give beach users the guidance to help them enjoy their time at the coast, safely and responsibly. At the same time, the signs show how we can look after our unique coastal environment.”
James Ring, RNLI’s Lifeguard Supervisor, said: “Thanet has an amazing coastline with people visiting from all around the world each year. These new signs will give up to date information on the ever-changing environment and diverse ecosystems surrounding the area. The new signage will give our team support on helping keep beach users safe whilst at the beach and in the water.”
The signs will be installed at 11 of our most visited beaches: Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildred’s Bay, Westbrook Bay, Margate Main Sands, Walpole Bay, Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Viking Bay and Ramsgate Main Sands.
The council is also reviewing the signs at other bays including Dumpton Gap, Eastern Undercliff and Pegwell Bay.
Find out more about our Coastal Code of Conduct and our Thanet Beaches and Coast Public Space Protection Order.