ARK – Chalk Stream Public Consultation with Danny Kruger MP and Laura Farris MP
24 June 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Zoom consultation, to attend please click panel below to send email:
Danny and Laura want to listen to your views on the pressures and issues our precious, but stressed chalk streams are facing. The Kennet is suffering. Issues include ongoing abstraction, pollution from sewage discharge and agricultural runoff.
Over the last year the frequency of untreated sewage being pumped into the Kennet at Marlborough more than trebled.
In 2020 Thames Water tipped untreated sewage into the Kennet for 2,872 hours. This compares with a total of 989 hours in 2019. This is not an isolated case, sewage treatment works across the catchment paint a similar picture of persistent pollution of the river.
This is having a devastating impact of the chalk stream wildlife, from plant life such as stream-water crowfoot to fish and freshwater invertebrate life.
People should not have to worry about the water quality before fishing or paddling.
Discuss Chalk Streams and Water Quality across West Berkshire and Wiltshire.
We want to see the Environment Agency take strong action to clamp down on sewage pollution.
We want Thames Water to investment more to prevent pollution, and we want the planning system to recognise the current sewer network is inadequate; and to stop allowing more homes to be added to sewer networks that already cannot cope.
Please join us at the Public Consultation and be a voice for your rivers.