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MP hits out over sewage problems
3:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
THAMES Water and the Environment Agency were publicly reprimanded over slow progress to combat sewage problems in Moreton.
Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said he was “very dissatisfied” nothing had been done about the issue in Croft Holm at last Friday’s flood meeting at the Moreton Area Centre A pumping station which normally routes sewage to the treatment works nearby, has been malfunctioning, meaning untreated sewage has been running into the river Evenlode.
Resident Rick Howie said: “It’s just a year since Croft Holm has flooded. We’re now a year on and I don’t actually see anything that’s been resolved. The cause of the problem is the pumping station and as far as I can see it has not been touched.”
Spencer Whiteley, of Thames Water, said: “There’s been ongoing investigation at the pumping station. Unfortunately the pumping station manager is off sick. I’m going to go away and have an answer for you.”
Peter Collins, of the Environment Agency, said they were waiting for data from Thames Water and chemical analysis of the discharge.
“For us to be sure Thames Water is working within their consent, we need to know the flow measurements coming in and going out of the pumping station and the treatment plant,” he said.
But Mr Clifton-Brown said it was unacceptable.
“I’m frankly astonished,” he said. “You’ve known about this meeting for six months and you’ve only just asked an engineer for an update.
“It’s been months since the last flood meeting. What have you done in the intervening six months? A tortoise would have got there in six months. I’m very dissatisfied.
I expect a report within a month.”
Meanwhile, Councillor David Fowles, cabinet member for the environment at Cotswold District Council, said work on a culvert to divert flood water away from the town and into the Stow brook could begin by March next year.
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