Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Help keep waterways clean plea

RESIDENTS of Watlington are being urged to help improve the quality of water in Chalgrove Brook.

RESIDENTS of Watlington are being urged to help improve the quality of water in Chalgrove Brook.

Emily Godfrey, project officer at the River Thame Conservation Trust, told a parish council meeting that the brook was part of the River Thame catchment and the trust wanted to ensure it was sustainable.

However, the water quality was only “moderate” due to the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus, which affected the fish population.

“This issue is something we need to work on together as a community,” she said.

She urged people to use low phosphate cleaning products and said that anything put down drains in the road went straight into the river.



Cllr Jeremy Bell asked what the impact of another 500 homes in Watlington would be and Miss Godfrey replied: “More sewage, more things down the drain and more surface run-off.

“Our Government should be forcing people to change. We have to ensure when they are building these homes that it’s going to have the least environmental impact.”

Mike Chadwick, of the Watlington Environment Group, said Watlington sewage works had acknowledged it had a capacity problem and last autumn a new stage was included in the process that would reduce the number of times raw sewage went into the brook.





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