Tackling storm overflows and sewage discharges in Lyme Regis

chris loder

STORM overflows and sewage discharges in the Lyme Regis area has been an issue I have been determined to address for many months.

I recently held a further urgent meeting with South West Water to push them on action. They have now pledged to cut the number of spills across their remit by at least half in three years, with even greater ambition for their sites surrounding Lyme Regis.

In parliament, I have strongly supported measures in the Environment Act. Among the measures, new duties will be put on water companies to monitor and publish water quality upstream and downstream of outflows, to publish data on overspills on an annual basis so there can be transparency to the public all year round in real time, and to achieve a progressive reduction in overspills.

The government will by September have to have produced a plan to reduce sewage discharges and subsequently, a cost/benefit report on eliminating these entirely. The government’s Storm Overflows Taskforce has been established to help achieve these ambitions.

Because of the actions taken on this issue, 80 per cent of storm outflows are now monitored, with 100 per cent of all outflows expected to be monitored by the end of next year.

As your MP, I have been backing these measures and will continue lobbying for greater transparency and action over this issue.

The Queen’s speech on May 10, delivered by the Prince of Wales, made a number of statements on the government’s ambitions to overhaul legislation. Amongst these, greater support for the police will be given to make our streets safer.

I will be working hard to ensure communities such as Lyme Regis can feel the benefit of a greater policing presence on the streets which is urgently needed, particularly to tackle drug crime and anti-social behaviour.

A further overhaul of the planning system will be brought forward by the government to give local people a greater say in the planning process.

This will be especially relevant to my meeting with Housing Minister Michael Gove at Dorchester last Friday, where I urged him to support greater assistance to local Community Land Trusts that provide assistance in ensuring local people can access low-cost, affordable housing in their own areas.

Following several meetings with South Western Railway, I am pleased to hear that they have reintroduced two trains per hour between Dorchester, Weymouth and London Waterloo. Now, on the transport front, I am returning to address the bus issues that we are experiencing.

Chris Loder
MP for West Dorset

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1 Comment

  1. Dear Chris Loder MP,

    privatisation in 1989 was supposed to be the answer to this sewage crisis. Please kindly respond to my email requesting the following information from South West Water:

    1. The dates of when South West Water have assessed the sewage infrastructure in the area since 1989
    2. What recommendations of surveys have been made and which have been implemented?
    3. The projected cost of the works to prevent all sewage releases into Lyme Regis marine reserve

    Many thanks

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