Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Restrictions on Thanet's beaches lifted today

Blue Flags will be raised once again on Thanet’s award winning beaches as a precautionary ban on bathing is lifted with immediate effect (Wednesday 30 July).

Advice for the public not to enter the water on the beaches between Walpole Bay in Cliftonville and Dumpton Gap in Broadstairs is no longer in place.

Signs on the affected beaches are now being updated to inform the public that the bathing water has now re-opened for public use. This means that swimming can now take place across all of Thanet’s beautiful beaches.

This follows a sea outfall discharge from the Southern Water Sewerage Pumping Stations at Foreness Point and Broadstairs late Monday 28 July into the early hours of Tuesday 29 July.
Cllr Mike Harrison, Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “The lifting of this ban is excellent news. As an area that thrives on tourism, preventing people from swimming in the sea off our coast is clearly something we want to avoid. However when site observations indicate an immediate impact on the beach, we have an absolute duty of care to protect the public. This is a message we will be repeating once again to senior representatives from Southern Water.”
The council will be looking to meet with senior representatives from Southern Water shortly to seek strong assurances and discuss possible longer term solutions.

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