I have promised Amy that Thanetstrife will support her campaign to object to The China Gateway project and please go along and support her on Friday.
In the meantime get onto your ward councillors, and let them know your opinions and make sure you object by THIS FRIDAY to the application.
If you have anything you want to say about protecting Thanet's water supply, agricultural land, wildlife, Landscape Character Area or wish to register objections to CGP's Gateway Project you will need to act quickly. This is the detail from TDC's web-site:
Comments need to be submitted to the council by Friday 9 May to either firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Planning, Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1XZ.You should quote Application F/TH/08/0400
If you have been wondering about the title to this post, let me now elaborate. There are at present TWO main threats to Thanet's main supply of drinking water. One is from a spillage at Kent International Airport, Manston, that sits on our water catchment area and the other is The China Gateway project that not only sits slap bang in the middle of possibly our most important water catchment area but will actually extend into the immediate protection zone of it (Zone 1).
Whilst the Environment Agency has been sending CGP Ltd information the EA does not seem to be taking too much interest at the moment. The other organisation that has been quiet on this issue appears to be Southern Water. Sources tell me that they not are answering enquiries from our local press or media and seem amazingly reticent to discuss the matter.
I was unaware, until a source sent me an interesting report made by OFWAT on 3rd August 2004 (Case CA98/02/17) that Mid Kent Water had raised a complaint against alledged 'dodgy' practice by Southern Water in regard to our Eurokent Business Park. Southern Water had initially said that costs for it to provide water, wastewater and infrastructure services to this development site (Eurokent) would cost in the region of £100,000 and £500,000 and then , presumably with Mid Kent Water also interested in being the provider of these services, offered the infrastructure services at no charge. OFWAT came to the conclusion that no breach of the law had ocurred as Southern Water had 'misunderstood' the requirement and the complaint from Mid Kent Water was not up-held.
What, might you ask , has this to do with China Gateway?
I am only a 'layman' in these matters but in a post below, I discussed CGP Ltd's idea to have Klargester septic tank systems installed for foul waste and nice little sunken pits to collect water run off from hard-standing and buildings rather than the 'safer' option of having Southern Water (or another Water Company) put in the infra-structure to remove all nasty stuff away from OUR AQUIFER.
Of course, whilst this would be SAFER it would also be costly. (Look at your own household bills to see what Southern Water charges are for sewage disposal and rain-water run off; mine are as follows: Wastewater: £184.18; Wastewater standing charge: £27.28; Surfacewater drainage: £22.00 and Highway drainage: £7.00. In other words my fresh drinking water is only a THIRD of my bill but a staggering 66% of my £361 water bill is for waste/runoff removal).
Did Southern Water quote for CGP Ltd for the China Gateway project and if so how much? Was any other Water supplier involved? If my Southern Water bill lands with a heavy thud on my mat each year, I wonder did CGP Ltd directors, Ken Wills and ' I make a quick profit' Chris Seymour-Prosser, eyes water at the costs submitted by Southern Water?
So my drinking water in Thanet, and yours too, looks to be at greater risk than needed because CGP Ltd want to take the cheapest option with KLARGESTER systems and SUDS etc and thus avoid having to pay Southern Water to put in the infrastructure and remove all foul waste and run-off from 4,000 employees; 300 lorries and almost 4,000 cars on their site, let alone any accidental spills, safely away from our aquifer.
I sincerely hope that our Councillors at TDC and that wonderfully informed Doug Brown at TDC Planning have grasped the situation fully and will insist on a full sewage/wastewater removal infrastructure from Southern Water before CGP Ltd are given any go-ahead. It might dent CGPs 'bottom-line' on this lucrative scheme but at least it protects our water supply.
Just in case, they haven't, I am now replacing the wine in the cellar with bottled water; I might just need it.
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