Foreshore Services

Welcome to the beautiful coastline of the Canterbury district including Herne Bay, Whitstable and the surrounding countryside. This 14.5 miles of North Kent coastline stretching from Seasalter to Reculver has to be one of the district’s biggest natural assets and attracts large numbers of visitors and water sports enthusiasts.

In the following pages you will find information about coastal events and activities, water safety advice, maps of our award-winning beaches and current tide tables.

The Foreshore services team is directly responsible for water safety (including provision of Lifeguards), education and advice, information signage and management of council licensed beach huts.

This includes the management and delivery of educational/environmental initiatives with local groups, organisations and schools. The management of public launch ramps and the 'Seaside Pleasure Boats' byelaw.

Foreshore Services are also responsible for the management and delivery of various coastal and beach award programmes such as Seaside Awards administered by the Keep Britain Tidy group for 2013.

New beach huts for sale 2014

Don’t miss out on your chance to own one of these huts!

If you are interested in one of the new beach huts, all the required documents and information about the process can be found here.

Mud warning - Tuesday 18 March 2014

There have been a number of incidents recently of people becoming stuck in mud following cliff falls in the Bishopstone and Reculver area. 

The council and Coastguard are urging people not to go into the mud. It could put their life at risk and those of the emergency services who have to rescue them.

There are signs and fencing up all along the clifftop informing people of the danger. An added problem is the poor mobile phone coverage in that area which makes it harder to call for help.

Please pay attention to the following advice:

  • Do not climb over fencing - it's there for your safety
  • Stay away from the base of the cliffs, especially during or after heavy rainfall
  • Do not let your pets go in the mud
  • Tidal cut-off is highly likely along the beach in this area and tide times are available at most of the coastal signs/notice boards
  • If walking alone, inform someone of where you are going and when you expect to return
  • If you become stuck, call 999 for assistance

It’s difficult to cordon the entire area off without a beach closure and this is something that the council wants to avoid. If people follow the advice on the signs, this will not be necessary.

The council is monitoring the area as large falls have occurred and more may follow.

Beach Hut Tenancy and Annual fees Consultation

The results of the beach hut consultation are summarised below. In addition the full responses are included but with names and addresses removed.

The benchmarking of 52 sites across southern England plus the minutes of the June and August 2013 meetings are also attached.  

Contacting us

Write: Foreshore Services, Harbour Office, Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable CT5 1AB

Phone: 01227 266 719

Out of office hours - phone 01227 781 879


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