Tackling River Pollution

River Avon

 

Wiltshire has been the epicentre of life and culture on this island for thousands of years. This is, in large part, due to its position as the triple hydrological divide of the South of England. To the west, the Bristol Avon meanders to Bristol Channel and out into the Atlantic; to the south, the Wiltshire Avon catchment drains into the English Channel; and, to the east, the Kennet flows towards the Thames, and into the North Sea. The abundance of clean water has helped humans thrive for millennia in this part of the world.

The current state of our rivers, and particularly our world-renowned chalk streams, is cause for serious concern.  Untreated sewage, agricultural runoff and domestic cleaning products are just a few of the issues affecting these finely balanced ecosystems which form the ecological arteries of the country.

It is with these issues in mind that I have been working with local groups and my fellow MPs to improve the appalling situation we find ourselves in. Below you can find some of the issues I have worked on over the past few years. I will continue to push for further action on this important area. 

News

Newsletter - 15 November, 2021

Sewage and sleaze… Tory MPs have been wading through both for the last few weeks. I’ll address both in a moment, but a more edifying and honourable occasion should come first. 

What last week's vote on the Environment Bill really means - 25 October, 2021

There’s been a massive campaign on social media suggesting that Conservative MPs voted last week in favour of the practice of water companies discharging raw sewage into the rivers. I regret that our own communications operation should have been so poor that so many people actually believe this.

River Pollution

Wiltshire has been the epicentre of life and culture on this island for thousands of years. This is, in large part, due to its position as the triple hydrological divide of the South of England.

Public Meeting - The River Kennet

Laura Farris (MP for Newbury) and I will be holding an online public meeting for Constituents at TIME on Thursday 24th June to discuss the state ofthe River Kennet.

Newsletter - 21 March, 2021

There are only 200 or so chalk streams in the world, most of them are in southern England, and the River Kennet is one of the finest. It rises near Silbury Hill and Avebury, and winds through Marlborough and Hungerford to join the Thames at Reading.