Liberal Democrats call for protected status for rivers and streams in Oadby and Wigston after sewage dumped 887 times in 2023

3 Jun 2024
Water in small stream

Liberal Democrats call for protected status for rivers and streams in Oadby and Wigston after sewage dumped 887 times in 2023 

The Liberal Democrats have called for a new protected status for local rivers and marine protected areas, after shocking figures reveal that Severn Trent Water dumped sewage 887 times in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston in 2023.

Analysis of official data from the Environment Agency by the party shows that Severn Trent Water discharged sewage in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston’s waterways for a staggering 7,176 hours in 2023.

In an effort to tackle sewage dumping, the Liberal Democrats have announced a massive expansion of marine protected areas and a new Blue Flag status for rivers will be included in the party’s general election manifesto. The introduction of Blue Flag status would set legally binding targets to prevent sewage dumping in those sites, giving special protected status for swimmers and wildlife. 

The Liberal Democrats have led the way in campaigning against sewage dumping. Nationally the party recently announced plans to abolish Ofwat, introducing a new regulator with greater powers, which follows its plans for a ban on water company executive bonuses.

Oadby and Wigston’s precious rivers and streams are being destroyed after years of a Conservative government letting water firms get away with environmental vandalism.

It is time to get tough on polluting and profiteering water firms, yet Conservative MPs including Neil O’Brien here, have stood by whilst swimmers have become ill and wildlife killed by sewage discharges across the country. 

This scandal has to end now. The Conservative party has failed to protect swimmers and wildlife. 

The Liberal Democrats will have the boldest manifesto on cleaning up our rivers and coastlines. Families should be free to swim safely in the knowledge that our waters are not polluted with sewage.

Sewage discharge into a water course

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