New boardwalk being installed for better pedestrian and disability access to Viking Bay

Viking Bay By Swift Aerial Photography

A new wooden boardwalk is being installed to improve access to Viking Bay from Broadstairs Harbour car park.

The project is being funded by Broadstairs Town Council and the installation is being managed by Thanet District Council officers.

The boardwalk will be wider than the existing installation to allow pedestrians to pass each other and for better access for people with disabilities. It is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Cllr Steve Albon, Cabinet Member for Cleansing and Coastal Services, said: “It is important to us that our beaches are accessible to as many people as possible. This upgraded boardwalk is a very welcome addition to Viking Bay, and will mean that many more residents and visitors can enjoy time on the sand.”

A spokesperson from Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council said: “Improved accessibility in Broadstairs and St Peter’s, especially at Viking Bay, has been a priority of the Town Council for some time. We are delighted to be able to bring the first project to fruition by means of partnership working with Thanet District Council.”

Southern Water has given £25,000  for the work, in recognition of water quality issues experienced in the district.

In addition, Beach within Reach – a scheme operated by Your Leisure that has specially designed all-terrain wheelchairs – will be available at Minnis Bay, Birchington; St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate; Westbrook Bay, Margate; Stone Bay and Viking Bay in Broadstairs.

For more information on Beach within Reach, email or call 03333 660661.

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