Your report to Local Plan Inspector re Water Supply and Manston

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Dear Thanet District Council,

https://www.crccare.com/case-study/fight...

Please first study that report. Clearly it is applicable to the Manston aquifer and water supply toxic hazard to health problem

Your FOI is prompted because local plan inspector has called for report and I have asked National Planning process re Manston acquisition to cross refer with local plan inspector.

Please disclose the plans, the studies and the position of TDC re safeguarding water supply, reporting to local plan inspector, reporting to CCG and Sec of State Health, remediating Manston.

Since remediation may involve lifting and removing runway, replacing any metal touched by fire fighting foam, excavating fire school area and earth removal please disclose your plans for this exercise.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

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Dear Thanet District Council,

This is latest Riveroak submission to National Planning re Manston

The works will be carried out in accordance with relevant Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations 201512. An intrusive investigation will be carried out. The findings of the intrusive investigation will inform the package of measures to be included within the detailed design. Any removal of contamination beneath the existing runway will be risk based and will weigh advantages of contamination removal against removal of the runway. A survey (pre- site preparation survey as defined by the HSE) and removal of asbestos containing materials, and other materials and structures contaminated with asbestos fibres, are expected to be performed by a competent/licensed contractor prior to any demolition works. For site workers and visitors, the potential for exposure to contaminants will be mitigated by the Control of Substances hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 200213 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 199914 and controlled through good construction practices such as site induction, good hygiene practices, dust suppression (especially in loading / unloading bays and tracks), requirement for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suitable to prevent exposure and/or restricted access during higher risk activities.
A watching brief will be in place during demolition (existing buildings and infrastructure), ground and construction works. If unexpected contamination (e.g. from historical site activities) is encountered or suspected, the works will cease in that area and assessment by a suitably qualified land contamination specialist will be made to determine appropriate actions. Soil (soil vapour/ groundwater) samples will be collected and analysed. The risks associated with contamination will be assessed. When required, a remediation strategy will be designed and agreed following consultation with the EA and the relevant local authority as appropriate before implementation.

It is of course based in some skulduggery as the fire fighting foam problems have been known about since at least 2005 when Guernsey obtained damages from 3M the manufacturer of the foam. So we have a situation in which the testing for the hazard will take place after the planning process which by law required the results of the tests before a planning consent could be given !! And the tests were required to inform riveroak duties in precautionary principle and cumulative public health impact law before planning could be granted. And the hazards to health were/are required by law to be disclosed to public health England and to ccg nhs planning.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Card,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 29/5/2019.

The response to your request is set out below..

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Thanet District Council

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01843 577620

The council do not hold this information. 

 

As previously advised to you Southern Water and the Drinking Water
Inspectorate produce annual reports and plans for the area on water
quality, safeguarding the public water supply, etc... The EA are
consultees with respect to the Manston DCO for both groundwater and waste
transfer; and have additional enforcement powers in relation to pollution
of controlled waters

 

We replied in September

In spite of recognition of toxic legacy of firefighting foam you  have
never carried out statutory tests at Manston

As per previous FOI requests, water quality tests are conducted by
Southern Water. Thanet Council are statutory consultees on planning
applications at the former airport site and will require appropriate
safeguarding conditions, dependant on the nature of any approved
development, including intrusive investigations of potentially
contaminated land. Please see:
[3]https://planning.thanet.gov.uk/online-ap... for further
information on current applications

 

 

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Dear Thanet District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Thanet District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Your report to Local Plan Inspector re Water Supply and Manston'.

The issue is that Southern Water to your knowledge have never tested for the chemicals in firefighting foam. You have duties in planning and NHS planning Which are clearly in chronic breach. You have duties in contaminated land in which you are clearly in chronic breach.

So please try again in the context of what you will report to Local Plan Inspector and of your own statutory duties Thank you ]

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/y...

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Card,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 22/4/2019 and I
would like to apologise for the delay in providing you with a response.

We are sorry that, on this occasion, we have not been able to comply with
our statutory duty to respond to you within 20 days. This has been due to
staff shortages along with a backlog of information requests.

However, we are now in a position to provide a response to your request
and this is set out below in the link.

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, CT9 1XZ or by
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the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9
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Thanet District Council

Margate

CT9 1XZ

01843 577620

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Dear Thanet District Council,

The position of the DEFRA Drinking Water Inspectorate IS that the Manston aquifer cannot now be used to abstract water supply unless the Inspectorate witness satisfactory testing of the aquifer. I have reported this fact to your TDC leader and CEO.

This is clearly essential information for you and Southern Water to have included in the reports called for by Local Plan Inspector.

I wonder if you have confused this FOI with that from SONIK ?

However I think this FOI is now at an end.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

We acknowledge the receipt of your email.

If you have made a request for information, it will normally be dealt
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Thank you.

Information Governance Officer