Monday, 25 June 2012
THANET FACES SEWAGE CATASTROPHE
The seaside resorts of Thanet in Kent risk sewage catastrophe unless radical action is taken against water company Southern Water, a local journalist has claimed.
Thanets economy is critically dependent on its beaches. Our environment, our health is at risk, Norman Thomas said. We cannot afford to allow a company like Southern Water to hold our future in its pollution stained hands.
Mr Thomass statement follows research hes done into incidents involving the water company going back to 2008. He says he has discovered a horrifying pattern of neglect by the company.
According to Mr Thomas his research shows that Southern Water is a company out of control and that there is every chance their negligence will disastrously damage Thanets tourist economy.
Earlier this year Thanets beaches were closed after the failure of Southern Waters Foreness Point pumping station. Heavy storms, the company said, had caused exceptional levels of debris such as tampons and nappies to block the pumps. Southern Water apologised for the spill and said it was working hard to avoid such problems in the future.
But Mr Thomas argues that the companys record shows there is no reason at all to believe their apology.
Southern Water show a horrifying pattern of neglect in their operations across south east England, Mr Thomas said. Since 2010, they have been responsible for sewage disasters in Herne Bay, Portsmouth, Southampton, West Sussex, and Biddenden. In each case theyve apologised and been fined anything from £7,000 to £50,000.
But the point is, it makes no difference. They keep doing it, time after time. The fines and any compensation they pay are trivial compared to the profits they make. They are a company out of control.
And its not just the disasters themselves. The company has shown itself ready to cover up its negligence and mislead the public. In other words, most worryingly, we dont know the extent of the problems were facing.
Mr Thomass full report is published in the July-August issue of Thanet Watch, price 60p, in newsagents across Thanet.