Saturday, 24 May 2014

Thanet's beaches re-open for swimming in time for Bank Holiday weekend

All of Thanet’s beautiful beaches are now fully open, with water quality significantly improved and the majority of debris cleared from the shoreline.

This follows an emergency discharge at the Southern Water Foreness Point Sewage Pumping Station on Wednesday night (21 May) which forced the council to advise against swimming in the sea between Walpole Bay in Cliftonville and Dumpton Gap in Broadstairs.

Signs on the affected beaches have been updated to inform the public that the bathing water has now re-opened for public use and red flags on the district’s life-guarded beaches have now been lowered*.

Council workers have been out in force as part of a large-scale clean-up operation since the early hours of Thursday morning and efforts have been stepped up over the weekend.
Southern Water cleansing teams will remain out around the coast for the remainder of the Bank Holiday weekend to clear any further evidence of debris following the next high-tides.

The council has requested an urgent meeting with Southern Water next week to understand why the discharge occurred and to seek assurances for the future.
With 19 stunning miles of coastline, and boasting more blue flag sandy beaches than any other part of the country, the council is delighted to have its beaches re-opened for swimming in time for the Bank Holiday weekend ahead.

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