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My response to the Environment Agency
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Dear Mr Williamson                               11.06.2008

I have been pursuing the China Gateway application and notice that in the “ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT CHAPTER 10 - FLOOD RISK
ASSESSMENT APPENDICES” the report on the surface water drainage trenches
carried out by Micro Drainage for 2 year Return Period concludes that; Outflow is too low and the design is unsatisfactory.

Therefore if the development is built to the existing plans there will be a flood risk, I ask this particularly in the light of the flooding that has been caused in the area by new developments, especially Westwood Cross and Thanet Earth.
I note that your letter to TDC of 02 May 2008 your ref KT/2008/105542/01-L01 states:

“The Environment Agency has no objection to this proposal on flood risk grounds.

The risk of flooding to the development itself is low and the proposed means of surface water disposal to infiltration trenches, with some storage attenuation, would not be expected to increase flood risk elsewhere.”

Would flooding in this area pose a risk to our water supply? I ask this, as although the planning application mentions the flood risk it doesn't make it clear where floodwater that presumably could be contaminated would go.  

I am also concerned about the general principle of allowing industrial activities and other potential sources of pollution like petrol stations and airports on the drinking water aquifer especially as the demand for water is increasing.

I feel strongly that TDC should be advised about the risks involved so that they can amend the local plan to incorporate the likely future stricter controls in source protection zones as water becomes a scarcer and more expensive resource.

I believe there may be a duty of care here that overrides planning concerns as industrial activity could result in an accidental poison spillage, resulting in the death or injury of local people.

The fact that I have pointed this risk out would mean that all of those people advising on this issue would be liable to prosecution under the new corporate manslaughter law, in the event of a disaster of this nature.   

Yours faithfully Michael Child.