Petition to reopen Western Undercliff toilets to be presented to Thanet council

Western Undercliff 1960s photo courtesy of Barry James

A petition launched in a bid to bring toilets at the Western Undercliff back into use will be presented to Thanet councillors this week.

The toilets and café have been shut since the property was severely damaged in October 2014 as the result of the failure of the main Southern Water sewer.  Following the clearance of contaminated waste from the site it was found that the foundation slab of the property had been fractured, damaging the structure of the building.

Thanet council had planned to demolish the site in 2015. It was then put on an asset disposal list that year but later withdrawn.

It has now been put back on the asset disposal list following approval in July to to sell the site off. Thanet council says it has received an expression of interest for the café.

Campaigners want assurances that the toilets will be brought back into use. The stretch of beach used to boast chalets, showers, toilets, the café and shelters but the building of the Royal Harbour Approach road and tunnel, officially opened in 2000, saw the end of all the amenities except for the café and toilets.

Now the area, which is still popular with families because of the small bays enabling parents to keep an eye on their little ones, has no facilities at all.

Maxine (fifth from left) at the Westcliff lift

The petition, launched by residents Maxine Morgan and Amanda George, received 1910 valid signatures plus another 135 on an e-petition.

Mrs Morgan will speak at the meeting on Thursday (December 7). Councillors have the option to refer the petition, and the issue, to Cabinet members.