Thanet council has been forced to pay £2.3m in compensation to companies who were blocked from exporting live animals from Ramsgate Port. The huge payout has been made to unidentified companies who took the council to court for blocking exports.
That action was successful and the High Court ruled last year compensation must be paid to cover the losses as a result of the authority’s ban.
Live animal exports from the port were banned in 2012 after the deaths of more than 40 sheep. But companies hit by the ban took the matter to court and in a ruling the council was ordered to lift it, saying it had no powers and should pay compensation to those affected.
Cross-post from Kent Online.by