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

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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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Chris Packham - The People's Walk for Wildlife - 22nd September 2018, London

On 22nd September we’re joining renowned naturalist and BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham for his People’s Walk For Wildlife – one of the biggest events of the year for anyone who cares about wildlife.

Whether you’re able to come or not (sorry everyone outside London!), Chris has recorded a message for us to pass on to you, to say thanks for the support.

It’s up to all of us to stand up for our wildlife. Whether you love bees, butterflies, birds, or just like spending time in the natural world, this family-friendly walk is a chance to show just how important wildlife is to all of us. And to send a message to decision makers that we want thriving nature in our lives.

The walk starts at 1pm, but we’ll be at our stall near the Reformers’ Tree, Hyde Park, from 10am. So if you can make it along please come and say hi, grab one of our animal masks and bird whistles, and enjoy the walk. Chris is hoping to see as many colourful wildlife costumes and banners as possible so if you’d rather make your own please get creative.

Development on an Emsworth Water Meadow