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Southern Water crowned worst water company for complaints – for sixth year in a row

Scum foam at Langstone Harbour, Eastney

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 19th September 2018
Story by Ben Fishwick

 

IT HAS been in hot water for pumping waste water into the harbour – and now Southern Water has hit the bottom of the complaints league table. The water firm remains languishing as the worst rated company for complaints, a new Consumer Council for Water report has found.

Southern received 6,259 written complaints in 2017-18 – a 20 per cent reduction on the previous year – retaining its place in the field for a sixth year running.

The watchdog has placed Southern on its watch list for a third successive year. Southern has to give quarterly reports on its progress.

It received 248,936 phone calls from customers chasing problems, up from 220,306 the year before.

Sir Tony Redmond, London and South East chair for CCWater, said: ‘There are signs the company is heading in the right direction but we have not seen enough progress.

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Get your MP to the debate on fracking

During the next 4 days Friends of the Earth have a unique opportunity to challenge the government’s plans to fast-track fracking.

Amid immense public and political pressure, a Westminster Hall debate has been called for Wednesday morning – the first national debate on fracking in the House of Commons in almost 3 years.

Our challenge now is to get as many MPs there as possible to speak out on your behalf. The more MPs we can persuade to attend, the harder it will be for the government to ignore huge opposition to its reckless new fracking plans.

The government’s plans would allow drilling to happen without the chance for local people to have their say. This debate gives us an opportunity to stop this assault on local democracy and win over even those MPs who might have been sympathetic to fracking in the past.

But to make the most of this chance we need to make sure MPs are there to speak out against the plans to fast-track fracking – or at least find out what the impact would be on their constituents.

Do you have 2 minutes to ask yours to come along?

The government has been hoping to fast-track fracking unnoticed. But thanks to all the attention you’ve drawn to it’s plans, it’s failed to sneak them through parliament without a fight.

So let’s seize this opportunity – even if your MP can’t attend the debate, it’s still important to tell them you oppose the plans.

‘Vicious circle’ warning over water firm investigated for Langstone Harbour sewage discharge

Scum foam at Langstone Harbour, Eastney

 

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 3rd September 2018

Story by Ben Fishwick


AN ENVIRONMENTAL campaigner has warned Southern Water must ‘keep pace’ to avoid pouring more sewage and stormwater into Langstone Harbour.

Ray Cobbett, chairman of the Havant branch of Friends of the Earth, spoke out after The News revealed the water utility firm is under investigation for possible breaches of its permit to discharge sewage into the harbour.

Southern pumps its containment tanks into the harbour after heavy rainfall as householders could face flooding in their homes.

But now Mr Cobbett has said with more homes being built, Southern must keep apace.

The firm said it has invested £50m in its system in recent years and will soon meet Portsmouth City Council over its demand for a new sewer line.

Mr Cobbett said: ‘Unfortunately this issue goes back at least 10 years. It does not look as if Southern Water are keeping pace with the effects this discharge is currently having.

‘But there is a real possibility it could get a lot worse with the 4,000 or 5,000 new homes which are going to be delivered as part of the local plan – and Southern Water are not giving us any reassurance.’

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