Original article from Kent Live
A popular waterfall in Thanet will not be opening this summer, the council has confirmed.
The man-made feature in Madeira Walk, on Ramsgate seafront, has proven popular over the years – probably due to the lack of natural versions anywhere else in the Garden of England.
But it has not been running for weeks, and Thanet District Council has now confirmed it's because works are required to repair the pump.
And they said that because the pool below is inhabited by newts – a protected species – work cannot commence until the end of summer.
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A spokesperson for the council told KentLive: "In order to repair the pump, we need to drain the pool which is inhabited by newts.
"As newts are protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, we adhere to Natural England’s guidance and cannot carry out works during the breeding season which ends in July.
"This year repairs have been programmed to the Pulhamite structure adjacent to the waterfall which will take place in August.
"We therefore expect to be on site in September following the completion of the repair works to drain the pool and address the works to the pump."
The usually stunning waterfall and the rocky pathways around it go all the way back to 1893, according to Historic England.
Competing with other popular East Kent seaside towns at the time, the Corportation (council) decided to splash out on the project, demolishing part of the former Royal Albion Hotel to create it.
It also included the Royal Parade ascent to the west cliff, the arched retaining wall and the warehouses along the north side of the harbour.
The waterfall ended up being nicknamed "ratepayers' tears" or perhaps "taxpayers' tears" today, because it cost local people close to £60,000.
That's almost £8 million in today's money.
With the latest repairs, it is a moniker that could return.
The feature has however proved popular in recent times, regularly featuring in lists like ours as one of Kent's hidden gems.