Advice against bathing at two Thanet beaches issued due to potential surface runoff contamination

Viking Bay

The Environment Agency has issued advice against bathing at Viking Bay in Broadstairs and Fulsam Rock in Margate due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.

The impact on quality is due to heavy rainfall resulting in surface water – which can become contaminated – running off directly into the sea.

Thanet council has put signs out at both beaches to let people know that swimming is not advised.

The reduced water quality is not due to a discharge of foul sewage, it refers to surface runoff.


    • Agree, but until planning insist on permeable driveways (and rainwater harvesting) things won’t change. And with the current government’s drive to abolish constraints on industry that’s not going to happen any time soon.

  1. Phil Shotton, Until the highways enforce the SUDS law which came out in 2008 a lot of rainfall will just go down the roadside drains.

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