Thanet council to open lift and loos, increase bins and more as Easter season begins

Preparing for visitors to Thanet Photo Carl Hudson

This weekend marks the start of the Easter school holidays and preparations by Thanet council for the season.

Crews are sand levelling and litter-raking on the main bathing water beaches and the council has put out 50 extra bins -the colourful recycling beach bins will be put out at the start of the summer season.

All the isle’s public toilets will open from Saturday (April 2).

The Viking Bay lift opens tomorrow (April 1) and council cleansing teams will be out 7 days a week. Bins will be emptied daily during the Easter holidays, the Viking Bay lift will be cleaned daily and toilets will be cleaned three times a day.
Enforcement officers will be on patrol across the district, supported by the council’s 24 hour CCTV control room and Kent Police. The dog warden will also be on patrol from tomorrow.

Staff and councillors will be taking part in three Great British Spring Clean litter picks across the district and the Thanet Coast Project and Birdwise East Kent teams will be hosting holiday events.

Thanet council is urging people to use the bins provided and if full find another bin or take litter home.

Motorists are asked to park responsibly and leave room for emergency vehicles, follow parking restrictions and be considerate to people who live in the area

Thanet council is also running a  ‘More to Explore’ campaign which encourages people to discover all that Thanet has to offer.


  1. “All the isle’s public toilets will open”… apart from all the ones that they’ve permanently closed!

    “The Viking Bay lift opens”… but not the two lifts in Ramsgate or the lift at Walpole Bay!

    “Enforcement officers will be on patrol across the district”… except places West Bay, where camper vans still park all summer!

    • And there will be no change to the normal non action enforcement for any misdemeanours happening because staff will be invisible as there are not enough of them to go around. Who is going to be enforcing at all the bays in Thanet?
      Camper vans and caravans are still parking permanently in the new restricted zone in Palm Bay as well. So TDC where are the parking wardens hiding? What is the point in have no parking 6.00pm to 6.00 am if the wardens are tucked up at home? Did you not think of that?

  2. Ramsgate lift won’t be open , Cavendish street toilets won’t be open ,no toilets down western undercliff, just wondering if we can use the porta loos in the traveler’s camp down the port of Ramsgate ,there are 5 down there, as we are paying for them,can we use them

  3. Sadly Kathy, within hours of opening for the first time this year, the Viking Bay Lift is padlocked again. I could weep!

  4. People who litter used to be called “Litter Bugs”, I call it anti social behaviour! What could be useful is some dirty great signs every 50 yards, saying “PUT YOUR RUBBISH IN A BIN, OR TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU”.

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