Babergh’s Emergency Planning Team are planning an exercise on Tuesday 16 October to test the council’s response to a marine pollution incident.
As part of the exercise, named Exercise Coinquinatio, Babergh officers will be present on Shotley Beach on the day. Residents are advised that this is planned in advance, and that there will be no present danger as part of the exercise. Anyone spotting a response team on the scene on Tuesday will not need to report the issue to the emergency services, who are aware of the planned exercise.
The exercise aims to ensure that key council services are familiar with Babergh’s response plan if pollution, debris or marine debris happened to come ashore on the Shotley Peninsula, the sole coastline in Babergh. Emergency Planning Exercises are regularly carried out by public services to ensure all those involved are familiar with the planned response to potential emergencies, from flooding to pollution.
All footpaths and normal access points to the beach will remain open during the exercise.
“Coinquinatio” is the Latin term for pollution or polluting and was considered appropriate for an exercise testing marine pollution contingencies.