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        Beaches in Thanet

        Information about our award winning beaches

        Thanet’s 15 sandy beaches and bays stretch from Pegwell Bay in the south to Minnis Bay in the north. Long famous for their beauty, this year we have been awarded six Blue Flag awards and four Seaside Awards. If you are visiting the area more information about our beaches can be found on our tourism website Visit Thanet.

        More information regarding our beaches can be found below.

        Our award winning beaches

        Our bays are recognised by national awards such as the Blue Flag Awards and the Seaside Awards.

        Click on the links below for information on access and facilities on Thanet’s beaches.

         

        European Blue Flag Awards – 2018

        The prestigious European Blue Flag will be flying at six beaches in Thanet again this Summer, which includes Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildred’s Bay, Margate Main Sands, Botany Bay and Stone Bay.

        The Blue Flag is awarded in 29 countries for resort beaches with high standards of environmental management. Beaches must also meet the guideline standards of bathing water under EC legislation. Blue Flag beach criteria include beach cleanliness, dog control, wheel chair access, provision of facilities and provision of life saving equipment.  For more information please visit The Blue Flag campaign website

        Seaside Awards – 2018

        Joss Bay, Westbrook Bay, Ramsgate Main Sands and Viking Bay have achieved the Seaside Award, which rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management. The Award rewards beaches that have met strict criteria, including safety and cleanliness, including clean sands free of litter and dog fouling, good access with good facilities and water that complies with EC bathing water standards (mandatory).

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        Sea water quality testing

        Thanet’s beaches are ranked among the best in the UK!

        During the Summer Season (15 May – 30 September) the Environment Agency undertakes water sample tests at ‘bathing water’ beaches. These are beaches which are popular for people to swim or paddle, so weekly water quality tests take place.

        These tests rank the beaches from Excellent to ‘Poor’ – more detailed information on Thanet’s 2017 results is published by the Environment Agency.

        These bathing water beaches are also more likely to have facilities like lifeguards, toilets and beach cafes or shops.

        Lots of different things can affect the water quality on our beaches, but you can help keep the water at Thanet’s beaches clean, by:

        • Taking your litter away with you – including cigarette buts
        • Adhering to the by-laws which prevent dogs on our beaches during the summer season
        • Ensuring you don’t feed the birds as attracting them to our beaches means they can poo over the sea
        • Not pouring liquids down the drain as these can lead straight to the sea
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        How to report something washed up on the beach

        Over recent years there have been a number of incidents where deposits of a substance believed to be palm oil have washed up on several of Thanet’s beaches.

        Palm oil is a natural edible vegetable oil that is commonly used in food processing. Palm oil production can be linked to a number of environmental issues but it can create a secondary issue if released into the marine environment.

        Palm oil can be come in a variety of forms and it’s important to keep a look out for it, especially if you are walking your dog on the beach. It is sometimes seen as a scattering of pebble-sized lumps that are white and waxy in appearance.

        If you believe your dog has been in contact with the substance and are concerned about their health, please contact your vet as soon as possible.

        The council monitor our beaches and will remove the substance from affected beaches when detected. We’ll also regularly post updates on affected beaches on our Facebook and Twitter channels.

        If you see or suspect palm oil on the beach, or other items which have been washed up on the beach, please report your sightings with specific locations and photos where possible, to thanet.coast@thanet.gov.uk

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        How we tackle seaweed

        To keep our beaches looking beautiful, we work very hard to remove seaweed from around our coast during the summer season.

        The council does not have a statutory duty to remove this as the deposit of seaweed is a completely natural occurrence, and seaweed is not classed as litter.

        As part of our Blue Flag requirements on our beaches, it states that algae, seaweed and other environmental debris should be left unless it constitutes a nuisance.

        However we operate a service each year to remove seaweed to ensure our beaches continue to be a fantastic place to visit.

        • We monitor the coastline every day.
        • We attempt to clear the beaches everyday.
        • We move as fast as we can between bays.
        • We can start clearing the seaweed from 4am to ensure the beaches are clear for beach users.
        • We target the priority areas first – popular bays where there are beach huts and bathers, or areas with very high levels of seaweed.
        •  We also target areas based on daily reports from our contacts around the coast.
        • We have a dedicated officer who coordinates the removal of seaweed and a dedicated budget to cover this.
        • We hire special machinery throughout the summer to remove the seaweed – a telehandler JCB
        • On days when we have a higher amount of seaweed we bring in extra staff and machinery from our contractors to deal with the problem.
        • We continually explore opportunities to allow us to remove higher quantities of seaweed each year.

        Find out more about how we remove seaweed and adhere to the guidelines set by Natural England and the Environment Agency.

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        Hiring beach huts

        For full details of booking procedures together with the prices contact the Box Office at the Winter Gardens on 01843 296111 or visit Your Leisure website

        There is an excellent range of chalets available. They can be hired on a daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and annual basis. The chalets are very popular with both visitors and local residents.

        At some times there is a waiting list so please let us know your requirements at the earliest opportunity.

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        Barbecues on the beach 

        Please see our using BBQ’s responsibly page for more information about where and when you can have a BBQ

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