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Pictures show furious Thanet protests after sewage leak ‘blights beaches’

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Original article from Kent Live

Furious Thanet locals gathered outside the council offices on Sunday (June 20) in protest against the recent Southern Water sewage leak.

Around 100 protesters came together after 10 beaches in the area were forced to close to swimmers earlier this week.

Margate Wastewater Pumping Station was struck by lightning overnight on Thursday (June 17).

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The incident caused wastewater to be released via the emergency outfall of the Southern Water pumping station at Foreness.

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Beaches between Margate Main Sands and Joss Bay in Broadstairs were affected and the council had to put up emergency signage to keep locals away.

It's not the first time such a spillage has happened in the area and Sunday's protest saw people come together to demand action from Southern Water.

On the event's Facebook page, organised by the group ACORN Margate, residents outlined their three demands to fix what they called a "huge threat to public health".

It's not the first time sewage has entered the sea here

It read: "We demand Southern Water to:

"1. Compensate local businesses affected by reduced tourist traffic.

"2. Compensate customers in Thanet who pay for water treatment, management and appropriate disposal.

"3. Commit to investing in infrastructure at Foreness Pumping Station so that this never happens again."

The group marched to Foreness Pumping Station

The group met at the Thanet District Council Offices at 1pm on Sunday before marching to Foreness Pumping Station.

After the leak earlier this week South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay took to Twitter to share similar concerns.

He wrote: "I am increasingly annoyed that whenever we have a downpour, year on year, we have a problem with Southern Water.

Last week's leak caused beaches to close

"Particularly at Foreness Point in Margate which then blights our blue flag beaches for days.

"It’s not good enough and I don’t want to see yet another PR of drivel and excuses."

A local environment campaigner, Alanna McGill-Tagg, spoke to the BBC about what improvements were needed.

"Not good enough" a local MP said

She said: "I'd like to say to Southern Water that you guys have got form and it isn't acceptable..

"You have to improve your facilities, you have to stop it happening time and time and time again."

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