Getting our beaches ready for the summer

Work on the beach at Whitstable ahead of the busy summer season

As the district eagerly awaits warmer weather after a freezing March, Canterbury City Council has started preparing our beaches for the busy summer season.

The authority’s staff have been at Whitstable carrying out on their annual beach maintenance programme.

Work involves pushing beach material, which throughout the winter has shifted due to long-shore drift, back to its original position.

Liam Wooltorton, the council’s head of engineering, said: “Beach recycling is a very cost effective way of replacing shingle that has moved over the winter and will leave the beaches in good shape for the summer.

“The beach is the first line of defence and protects our seawalls.”

Work on the seashore at Hampton

Dredging work has also been done on the seashore at Herne Bay.

It involves removing silt that has accumulated within the harbour, ensuring a safe navigable channel from the launch ramp to the harbour mouth.

Mr Wooltorton added: “The dredger uses a specialist technique called water injection dredging where large volumes of water are pumped into the seabed at low pressure to fluidise the silt into suspension.

“This is then naturally carried away from the harbour, by remaining within the water column and exiting using the tidal energy of the ebb cycle.”

Herne Bay is also seeing a seafront regeneration programme as part of the city council’s Herne Bay Action Plan.

The authority has bought the former Tivoli arcade in Herne Bay for £1.1 million.

In a state of disrepair, the Central Parade building backs on to two council car parks.

Proposals for the area include a new path linking the town’s seafront and shopping streets and a green open space.

A planning application for the development is due to be submitted later in the year.


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