Raw sewage flows onto beach

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Raw un­treated sewage is not what beach-go­ers ex­pect to be greeted by on a beau­ti­ful sunny day.

But vis­i­tors to Mar­gate main sands have been left dis­gusted at the site of waste flow­ing out from the pub­lic toi­lets onto the sand.

One bay user said it had been that way for a few days.

The district coun­cil said it was work­ing ur­gently to re­solve the prob­lem which had come at the hottest time of the year.

One beach-goer said: “It is dis­gust­ing and what is more dis­turb­ing is that the coun­cil, af­ter the first call, let it carry on for two more days.

“I got up­set with them and hope they will deal with it.

“There were two boys mak­ing sands cas­tles with that aw­ful wet sand.

“I am hop­ing the sand will be re­moved and it doesn’t hap­pen again.”

Thanet District Coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for beach clean­li­ness, says it has been made aware of the is­sue.

It says the pub­lic toi­lets have been closed.

A coun­cil spokesman said the is­sue was be­ing treated as a pri­or­ity: “Our cleans­ing team has been to clear this as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“A con­trac­tor has been en­gaged and will be on site to un­der­take the nec­es­sary re­pairs as soon as pos­si­ble.

“This has only af­fected a very small sec­tion of the beach but it is not some­thing we take lightly and we are work­ing to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion as quickly as we can.”

South­ern Wa­ter, which is sup­posed to deal with sewage, has been con­tacted for a com­ment.

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