Thanet Council today launched an inquiry into a massive sewage spill in June which saw tonnes of raw sewage pumped directly into the sea after a failure at the Foreness Point pumping station.
More than twenty beaches along 16 miles of the Kent coast were closed to swimmers this summer during the Jubilee holiday period.
Now, some local businesses are seeking tens of thousands of pounds in compensation. And it comes as another pumping station fails - this time in Sussex. With more on the story, our Correspondent Sarah Saunders.
Sarah Saunders spoke to Instructor Dave Melmouth, Independent Councillor Ian Driver from Thanet District Council and Paul Kent from Southern Water.
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