7 May, 2024

Public toilets in key locations refreshed in time for summer

A number of public toilets across Thanet have undergone a deep clean, a total plumbing overhaul and seen new energy efficient LED lights installed. Primarily located at or near our main bathing bays, these loos have been given some much needed TLC as well as a fresh coat of paint. 

So far, maintenance works have been undertaken at West Bay and St Mildred’s Bay in Westgate-on-Sea, Buenos Ayres (Eliot Shelter) in Margate, Joss Bay, Broadstairs Harbour and Viking Bay in Broadstairs with further works planned at The Centre (Mill Lane) in Margate, Botany Bay in Broadstairs and Pier Yard in Ramsgate for May. 

Works to toilet buildings including rendering, roofing repairs and windows will be carried out between May and July at Broadstairs Harbour, West Bay, St Mildreds Bay and Pier Yard Ramsgate.

Cllr Steve Albon, Cabinet Member for Cleansing and Coastal Services said: “The public toilet provision in Thanet is something we’ve been working hard to manage and I’m really pleased that we’ve got to this point in plenty of time for the upcoming summer season. They’ve been given a full programme of repairs, roofing and external repairs, new plumbing, fittings, replacement tiles and sealant where needed and are looking spick and span. The introduction of LED lights is going to improve energy efficiency, a small change that contributes to us delivering on our Net Zero pledge.

“We know that lots of people rely on decent public toilets being available when they’re out and about. It makes a real difference if the facilities are clean and well maintained.

“I also very much hope that they won’t be vandalised and that the staff employed to clean them will be able to do their jobs without being abused by the small minority who don’t respect our isle.”

There are plans to undertake site analysis and propose options to Cabinet for the Clock Tower toilets in Margate and those at Botany Bay in preparation for works in 2025.

The list of all the council’s public toilets, alongside their opening hours can be found on the website: https://www.thanet.gov.uk/public-toilets/


Improvements to public toilets at West Bay, Broadstairs Harbour, Viking Bay and Joss Bay


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