The seasonal toilets managed by Thanet District Council are now open, and have been since early April, ahead of what is anticipated to be a busy summer season.
This brings the total number of public conveniences currently open across the district to 27, up from 20 during the off season.
Viking Bay beach toilets have undergone essential repairs and maintenance works but are on schedule to be open in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Margate Clock Tower toilets will remain closed. This temporary closure of the Clock Tower toilets is the result of a pre-season inspection in which they were found to be unsafe for public use.
The toilets have flooded following a major leak which has also damaged the ceiling and tiles. A large crack was also discovered in the ladies’ toilet walls. The water ingress has subsequently resulted in the electrics being condemned.
Thanet District Council is looking at putting temporary toilets in place this summer, while the Clock Tower facilities are closed.
Meanwhile, the toilets at Buenos Ayres (by the T.S. Eliot shelter) and on the Harbour Arm in Margate remain open. There are also a number of other public facilities in Margate. An interactive map showing all of the toilets in Thanet can be found on the website: https://www.thanet.gov.uk/info-pages/public-toilets/
Trevor Kennett, Head of Operational Services said:
“We have commissioned a full structural and condition survey to understand the full extent of all of these issues and establish what works are needed to make the toilets safe again. Until they can be made safe they will temporarily remain closed to the public.
“While the facilities are in a prime location on Margate Main Sands, and are well used by visitors to the town during the summer months, these aren’t the only toilets in Margate. The other sites remain open. Efforts are being made to secure temporary toilets to ensure that there are additional facilities in this area while the Clock Tower toilets are out of action. ”