Few would have slept through last nights thuderstorm that swept over Thanet just before 2am. The storm passed in about 30 minutes and in that time literally dumped 20mm of rain . Local flooding ocurred and the Biggles' wine cellar would have been flooded if I had not quickly cleared a drain of just one or two leaves that was being fed water from the roof down a drain-pipe.
Such violent storm systems coming over from France have become a regular feature of our weather in Thanet in the past few years. As I watched the road become a river, I wondered what amount of water would have fallen on the roofs and concrete/tarmac had China Gateway been constructed already?
My conservative estimate given the size of the warehouse sheds and parking hardstanding for almost 4000 cars and 400 HGVs was that in that half-hour period more than 2 MILLION LITRES of water would have run down drain pipes off roofs and another 3 MILLION LITRES would have had to drain off tarmac/concrete areas.
I know see why The Environmental Agency has stated it will oppose a Klargester septic tank system at China Gateway and insist on MAINS SEWERAGE.
Does Mr Ken Wills really think that his cheaper Klargester system in the planning application F/TH/08/0400 would have coped with 5 MILLION LITRES OF RUN OFF in 30 minutes? Of course not.
Last night, had China Gateway been standing, foul sewerage and hydrocarbon contaminated water from the car and HGV areas would have been deposited into Thanet's water catchment area. That is why you need to lodge a complaint about the construction of China Gateway because construction on the cheap endangers your drinking water supplies. There is still time, so get onto Doug Brown at TDC.
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