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Conservation work in Pegwell gets a boost

Conservation work in Pegwell is getting a boost thanks to a £500 donation from Southern Water and its contractors MGJV to mark the end of a major sewer pipe replacement.

We handed over the cash to Pegwell & District Association to help volunteers preserve the natural habitats of the Western Undercliff and Pegwell Bay , one of the world’s most important wetland sites.

The donation came at the end of a £4 million investment to replace a large section of sewer pipeline near the seafront in Ramsgate, a project aimed at protecting the environment and ensuring wastewater is removed effectively.Southern Water Project Manager Andy Arnold said: “One of the driving forces behind this major pipeline renewal was to better protect the unique and important habitats around Pegwell Bay , as the previous pipe had burst a number of times.“It seems only fitting that we should celebrate the successful completion of the project with a donation to a charity which does so much to protect this precious landscape.”Ewald Smit, Site Agent for Southern Water contractors MGJV, which gave half of the £500 donation, said: “It has been a rewarding project to work on as replacing the pipeline here means an end to the sewer flooding local beaches. The beach is now a safer habitat for wildlife as a result of the investment. The donation we made to Pegwell & District Association is also a way of thanking the local residents who benefit from the wildlife at Pegwell Bay .”Richard Kinzler, Chairman of Pegwell & District Association, said: “We’re hugely grateful for this donation from Southern Water and MGJV, which will help support our conservation work. Pegwell Bay is internationally famous for the abundance of birdlife it attracts, so we welcome any project which helps to protect this habitat for us all to enjoy.”