MP's sea water quality bill to be debated in November
parliamentary Bill co-sponsored by Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey
which aims to crack down on the amount of sewage entering our seas
is to be debated in November.
Bathing Waters Bill aims to introduce penalties on water companies
if sewage is found to have been pumped into the sea.
Bill, which has been endorsed by Surfers Against Sewage and The
Angling Trust, has been passed by MPs to a second reading which
has now been given a scheduled date of Friday 23rd November.
the past few years, Burnham-On-Sea has struggled with the quality
of its bathing water and Mr Heappey has been working with local
groups to improve it while pushing for a better understanding of
what's causing the water to be rated as poor.
fines from water companies would be used for three things to prevent
contamination. These would be: providing farmers with funds to store
water in attenuation ponds to slow down the water flow, creating
more lakes and reservoirs, and providing water butts in residential
Heappey says the measures would help Burnham-On-Sea to build on
the work it has already done to tackle the issues.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am pleased to support this Bill
as I know a lot of hard work has gone in to significantly improve
the water quality in Burnham over the past few years."
behaviour of local residents has improved dramatically but we needed
to make some big changes with regards to farms and these measures
would help them to do all they can to help. Burnham-On-Sea is a
fantastic place to visit and we want to make sure our water is of
the highest standard so we can provide the best experience we can
as a seaside town."
Against Sewage added: "This Bill could help provide a complete
package of water quality protection and could help deliver the final
steps to relieve pressure on the sewerage network. Pollution incidents
are readily identified, but further action is often lacking."
Bill has been put forward by MP Scott Mann, supported by Richard
Benyon, Ben Bradshaw, Robert Courts, Steve Double, James Heappey,
Craig Mackinlay, Dame Cheryl Gillan, Sheryll Murray, Justine Greening,
Tim Loughton and David Morris.