A meeting is being held next month (July) to discuss plans to extend the Westgate Conservation Area.
The present Westgate Conservation Area was designated in March 1998, after concerns were raised about the demolition of some of the area's original buildings, especially along the seafront, which were then replaced by inferior modern structures. The area designated then was between the sea and the railway line and included places such as Adrian Square and Station Road, which contributed to the unique character of the town.
Cllr. John Kirby, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:
"Thanet is fortunate to have a rich heritage and we already have Kent's largest conservation area in Ramsgate, which was recently extended by the Council to include the Royal Esplanade area. Westgate is a unique town, which originally evolved from a former private estate town in the country and much of its history can still be seen in the buildings that exist today.
"That's why the Council is considering the idea of extending its Conservation Area, but before we do that, it's vital we hear what local people have to say about these plans. The community has a big part to play in protecting our heritage, with individual property owners able to help protect our Conservation Areas by carrying out sympathetic repairs and maintenance work."
The meeting to discuss the plans will be held on Wednesday 12 July between 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. at Westgate library.