Thursday, 7 June 2012
Seaside Sewage Spill Scrutinized
Thanet Independent Group Councillor, Ian Driver, is organising an urgent enquiry into the spillage of raw sewage in the sea off Foreness Point over the Royal Jubliee Bank Holiday weekend
The spillage from a Southern Water sewage facility, has led to the closure of all of Thanet ‘s award winning blue flag beaches, causing financial losses for local business.
Driver, who Chair’s the Council’s powerful Scrutiny Panel (OSP) said “I have asked Council officers to arrange an urgent meeting of the Scrutiny Panel to begin investigations into what went wrong and why.”
“I will be requesting the attendance of top bosses from Southern Water and the Environment Agency. I expect them to provide a full explanation of how this major pollution incident happened and what arrangements are in place to compensate local businesses who lost money because of the spillage.
“Thanet has some of the best beaches in the country. They are critical to attracting tourists who make a huge and much needed contribution to Thanet’s economy. We can’t afford to have serious environmental pollution incidents like this. We need to look at what happened, learn from any mistakes and develop new robust plans which make a repetition of this environmental disaster impossible”.