Comedian Paul Whitehouse joined famous faces at a demonstration organised by SOS Whitstable this afternoon to draw attention to Southern Water’s discharging practices in Tankerton.
He joined campaigner Feargal Sharkey and a lot of locals as they protested on Saturday 23rd September 2023. Campaigners with SOS Whitstable gathered with a series of colourful placards to hear a series of speeches and musical performances.
The group say the seaside town has suffered more sewage releases than any other location in Kent last year, and as of 10th September this year, there have been 591 hours of sewage dumped in the sea over 160 separate times.
This is not the first year SOS Whitstable have taken to protesting, with last years event on Whitstable beach attracting more than 2,000 demonstrators. Campaigners hope the protest action can highlight the impact sewage spills are having on the local community.
Paul Whitehouse is known for his fishing programme with Bob Mortimer. he is a keen angler and therefore is pushing for cleaner waterways and restrictions on sewage releases.
The group want to see punishments for non-compliant water companies as well as seeing sustained investments on infrastructure paid for by company shareholders.