Lib Dems call for action on sewage dumping

27 Mar 2024

New figures released by the Environment Agency have shown that Anglian Water, which covers Lincoln, discharged sewage a staggering 31,623 times last year, a 97% rise compared to in 2022. 

Lincoln’s Liberal Democrats are calling for tougher action against sewage dumping in local rivers, including replacing Ofwat with a tougher regulator. The party has also called for a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have dumped sewage into waterways.

Conservative MPs have consistently voted against measures which would have helped to tackle the crisis, including MP for Lincoln, Karl McCartney.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Lincoln, Councillor Clare Smalley said:

“It is a complete scandal that filthy sewage is being pumped into Lincolnshire’s rivers and waterways. 

“Our community should not be forced to put up with this any longer, yet time and again this Conservative government has voted against tougher action on sewage dumping. 

“The Liberal Democrats have been leading the way in holding water companies to account and have called for tougher action to stop sewage being dumped in local rivers. We need to see a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have pumped sewage into our waterways, and we need to see our local communities protected from this .

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that Lincoln’s Conservative MP voted with the Government to let water companies off the hook and fail to get to grips with this national shame.”

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