Birchington Geologist, Kim Bruce has described the action as 'scientific and environmental vandalism' and it would appear that Natural England are looking into the matter. It would seem that KCC and TDC have completely ignored the law in regard to dumping material on SSIs. Cllr Mike Hill, KCC's Cabinet Member for Communities excused the dumping and said " The chalk is being temporarily stored on the site as part of the building work".
Now, I am not an expert in these matters but a pile of loose chalk up against a solid face with heavy rain falling on it, doesn't seem very safe on a promenade let alone the SSI aspects.
More interestingly though is the story, regular reader Walter, has reminded me about! (The link is http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/3054903.stm )
The picture above shows builder's chalk dumped against the cliff face in Pegwell in June of 2003. It would seem that a builder, Mr Bernard Baldwin had tipped an estimated 100 tons of chalk on a cliff face, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). What will surprise readers is the attitude taken by TDC and KCC in 2003 compared to their present environmental vandalism and casual approach to the law in 2009!
In 2003 TDC issued an Enforcement Notice for removal of the chalk from the cliff despite Mr Baldwin arguing (as Cllr Mike Hill argues in 2009) that this was chalk from a cliff and put back on a cliff.
Now TDC and KCC in 2003, when it wasn't 'their' chalk from 'their' building project, took a much sterner line. Cllr John Kirby, at the time KCC's Cabinet member for Planning said:
"the Council was likely to take legal action to make sure Mr Baldwin complied with the enforcement notice."
It seems to me that we should expect consistency and upholding of the law in regard to dumping and SSIs by KCC and TDC. The arrogance implied in the present stance by KCC and TDC is quite unbelievable and I hope Cllrs will take this matter up with their various Councils urgently. This is an unmitigated PR disaster and further illustrates the degree of incompetence and mismanagement that seems to have infected TDC at the moment.