3 Jun 2008

Sewage in Randwick tributary again

Randwick tributary was again awash with raw sewage from an overflowing sewage manhole. Severn Trent responded very quickly and also had a bowser at the ready in case it was needed if water effected in fields with cattle.

Photo: The Lawns art - at the end of the Ruscombe brook there is a proposal to hang clear panels of art as part of a project linking with the canal regeneration.

Today Severn Trent were still taking action to try and unblock - the two large ponds are both contaminated - as the owner said to me this morning "if there were fish there they are not now".

Severn Trent's rapid response is most welcomed and hopefully this second incident in maybe 6 months will prompt further long-term remedies to the problems - certainly it will be discussed at the next RBAG meeting on 17th June.

Meanwhile I read in the news today that Severn Trent - which supplies 8 million customers and has already been fined £36m for lies over performance - has now pleaded guilty to two charges of making false returns to Ofwat earlier this year in a case brought by the Serious Fraud Office. It looks like they will be set for a massive fine - let us hope it is shareholders and not taxpayers that pick up the tab. See latest on Severn Trent here.

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