Bathing ban on Thanet beaches lifted
THE bathing ban on Thanet's beaches was lifted today (Tuesday, June 12) after Southern Water repaired faults at its Foreness Point pumping station.
Water quality has returned to safe levels according to tests by the Environment Agency.
Red flags have been lifted and it is now safe to bathe in the sea and access below the high tide line.
Warning signs will be removed throughout the day and replaced with new notices advising that the ban has been lifted.
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Council cleansing teams will continue to monitor the coastline along with Southern Water to ensure the bays are kept clean of any further debris.
Southern Water will also remove seaweed from all bays as part of the clean-up operation.
Beachgoers should contact Southern Water on 0845 2780845 to report any further incidents.
Businesses or beach concessions affected by the ban are also advised to contact Southern Water to discuss compensation.
Director of Operations at Thanet council Mark Seed said: "The lifting on of the bathing ban is excellent news and I'm pleased that we've made such rapid progress this week.
"As an area that thrives on tourism, preventing people from swimming in the sea off our coast is something we would rather avoid.
"However we have a duty of care to members of the public, and couldn't lift the bathing ban until we received assurances from the Environment Agency and Southern Water.
"Naturally, we'll continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, but we feel confident that this matter is drawing to a positive conclusion.
"Once again, I'd like to thank all those involved in the clean-up operation – their work has been incredible.
"I'd also like to thank members of the public for their on-going patience, understanding, and co-operation."