The waterfall in Ramsgate’s Madeira Walk has been targeted again by ‘pranksters.’
A detergent has been added to the water so it is now full of foam and spilling across the road.
The waterfall has been targeted numerous times. In September last year culprits added colour, turning the waterfall bright green.
A Thanet council spokesman said: “The council’s Open Spaces team was on site this morning to defoam the waterfall.
The cost of cleaning up this damage will be around £1,000. Dyes and detergents can damage fountain parts. In addition detergents are damaging to water life and this was a particularly serious case of contamination.”
The waterfall was created when, in 1894, the Borough Council of Ramsgate decided to welcome new visitors to the town by changing its appearance from that of a busy fishing port to one with picturesque gardens and promenades. One of the first stages of the plan was to create a new road to wind up from the harbour to the East Cliff, to be called Madeira Walk.
James Pulham and Son carried out the work, making it look as if it had been cut through a steep gorge, with rocky ‘cliffs’ on either side.
They built the Pulhamite ‘rocks’ shoring up the steep banks of the gorge, including the artificial cascade of th waterfall.
Thanet council has been asked for comment.