Raw sewage pumped into river around Churchill Gardens, Dolphin Square, and the Tachbrook Estate for over 1000 hours – but Conservatives fight ban
With COP26 underway in Glasgow, a new analysis of research by the Rivers Trust has revealed the sickening level of raw sewage pumped into our waterways.
But the Conservatives have refused to ban the deliberate pumping of raw sewage into rivers and beaches, and Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster, Nickie Aiken, failed to vote to ban it in the Commons last week.
There’s another chance for the Conservatives to get it right when the legislation comes back to the Commons, and it’s essential we don’t wait – we need action to ban this now.
Last year, sewage outlets around the Churchill Garden Estate, Dolphin Square, and the Tachbrook estate spilled raw sewage a shocking 242 times for over 1050 hours cumulatively.
Churchill Cllr Liza Begum said:
“The amount of raw sewage being dumped directly next to our families is disgusting. London already has the worst health inequality in England, and it’s obscene that the Conservatives are fighting Labour’s attempts to ban deliberate pumping of raw sewage.”
Pimlico South candidate Jason Williams added:
“As a former Councillor and local resident, I have fought hard to tackle river pollution. Last year I launched a petition calling on the Council to clear up plastics near the river bank. But it is hard to protect the environment when we have an MP who is unwilling to support vital votes in Parliament.”
Huge public outcry and pressure from Labour has already forced the government into one u-turn on this issue; now we need to ensure the government fully retreats from attempting to legalise sewage dumping – and that Westminster’s Conservative representatives do too.