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Thanet Way set for toll charge over fears rising sea levels will separate isle

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Original article from Kent Live

Bold plans have been unveiled to keep Thanet connected to Kent after a study raised fears the Isle could become separated from the rest of the county.

A new toll road system has been proposed for the Thanet Way, ensuring residents living either side of the isle will be able to cross regardless of changes brought about our climate.

The project's developers, who have asked KentLive not to reveal their identity at this stage, have released an image of what the toll road will look like

They say funds raised by the toll would be ploughed back into climate change initiatives in the county, if approved by Kent County Council planners.

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If successful, work on the bridge could start in April 2022.

This news will come as a surprise to locals, as most forecasts estimated Thanet's separation from Kent to be an issue for future generations.

However, it appears that sea level rises have been accelerated by the recent 22C heatwave that has ravaged Kent's ecosystem over the last week.

It comes after a report stated large parts of Kentare expected to regularly fall below sea level by the year 2050.

Predictions suggest Thanet could be cut-off once again in the not too distant future

The findings from Climate Central, a non-profit news organisation focused on climate science, showed Thanet could very well become an island again.

The planners refused to comment on reports funds raised by the tolls will be spent on similar plans to keep the Isle of Sheppey from sinking by raising it up on huge hydraulic stilts.

It is rumoured other solutions were considered, including simply letting Thanet float off into the English Channel, though this was scrapped due to fears that the region would be annexed by the EU if it ceased to be physically tied to mainland Britain

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