Friday, June 08, 2012
How long before beaches are safe to use again?
Will Southern Water be paying for the clean up,compensating business or thousands of local residents and visitors?
Will Colin Hood Chairman or Matthew Wright of Southern Water be visiting the area to assess the damage?
Why is the sewage system not designed to cope with heavy rain?
As you can imagine Southern Water PR bods are unwilling to answer anything which might put not show their employers in the best light.
If you can bare to read the bland statements, click here for either Thanet Council or Southern Water, for myself I'd like to see Thanet council adopt a sharper approach to Southen Water's failure to protect the environment, it seems to me that such occurrences along coastal areas are not as rare as they should be.
Southern Water operate a monopoly business "regulated" by one of those quangos, Ofwat which inspire little confidence with consumers, I'd like to hear Southern Water offer to compensate the 120,000 plus residents and business community for the inconvenience and loss of trade but of course we wont.
Anyhow tiring of complacency I've contacted the Environment agency to see if they are considering any legal action against Southern Water, maybe it's just me but polluting 14 or is 16 miles of coastline seems a fairly considerable event, even after reading this final paragraph from TDC's latest statement.
Jon Griffin, Senior Environment Officer with the Environment Agency said: "We are working in partnership with Thanet District Council and other organisations to monitor the impacts of this event. We are awaiting the results of bathing water quality tests to make informed decisions with Thanet District Council about the re-opening of Thanet’s waters for bathing.”
Why isn't the Environmental officer saying something along these lines We are evaluating the evidence, costing the damage and preparing to drag directors of Southern Water in to court.
What's needed is a blimin great wake up call for those who are failing to protect the environment as ever it is unlikely that the Chairman or his Chief Executive will take blame, which is why this will no doubt happen again.
I've contacted the Environment Agency to ask if they will be taking and legal proceedings against Southern Water, if they respond I'll let you know