We have until this Friday 9th May to object to China Gateway Phase 1 in planning application F/TH/08/0400. Why should you object? If for no other reason , object because China Gateway poses a real threat to Thanet's drinking water.
Michael Child on www.thanetonline.blogspot.com has put up a zoned water catchment area map around our main extraction point at Sparrow Castle Pumping station. If you look at it you will see that CGP Ltd want to construct the two largest warehouses (X-Types) on the whole site, within 350 m of this pumping station and within Pink Zone 1 which is an area that means that contamination will 'hit' our aquifer within 50 days. If you look carefully at Michael's map you will see that the only other building in Zone 1 is the pumping station itself. Why do you think that is?
I hope our Councillors will read this, my previous posts and Michael's carefully, to fully understand what we are all facing here. Water is a vital resource that is in short supply in the South East. Only last year, TV crews were popping down Victorian built aquifers and noting how low the levels were. Unless we are to have a 'National Water Grid' connected to the South East, any development that prevents water collecting in an aquifer or poses a serious threat of contamination to it, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO AHEAD! It's as simple as that.
You may well be asking why I have put up the logo of KLARGESTER? My sources tell me that this septic tank company have been asked to prepare a costed proposal for sewerage treatment for The China Gateway project for CGP.
I will not go into detail about BOD factors and 'pongs' but the proposal seems to involve consideration of 2 methods of what is basically septic tank systems. One is that there is a central system for the whole site or individual systems for each unit or group of business units. The systems need servicing and 'solid' matter pumped out as and when necessary. Are they to be centrally or individually serviced and maintained?
Like me, you might be wondering why Southern Water are not involved in this whole business? At the moment they do not seem to appreciate the problem. Should we not be looking at a central sewage and water 'run off' sewers that removes water and contaminants away from the critical water catchment zones? Aaah, that is a more expensive option than Klargester and its septic tank systems! Here is what the EA reports submitted by CGP say about the development:
" The aquifer underlying the site is considered to be a major aquifer providing potable water to a large population." (CGP Application)
" There is potential for significant pollution of the aquifer to occur" (CGP Application).
"" should chemicals leach into the groundwater underlying the site the impact would be LONGTERM and in some cases UN-RECOVERABLE" (my capitals).
Its quite simple , if there is a spillage or contamination of the wrong kind that happens on the China Gateway site then NO MORE DRINKING WATER FROM THIS AQUIFER FOR YOU AND ME!
Its as simple as that, so get your protest in to TDC.