THE MP for Southend West has called on the boss of Anglian Water to test sewage on Chalkwell Beach.
Anna Firth MP has requested that Anglian Water CEO, Peter Simpson, visit the beach with her on March 31 to test the impact of their sewage overflows on local water quality.
The MP called for more action during an Urgent Question in February, saying: “The chief executive of Anglian Water earned £1.3 million last year, including a bonus of £337,651.
“Despite unfounded accusations that I have not been taking action against unacceptable sewage discharges, I have been calling for further action on linking executive pay of big water bosses to environmental performance.”
Mr. Simpson has since met with Mrs Firth in Westminster to respond to her repeated requests for action, at which point they arranged a date for Mr Simpson, alongside the Environment Agency, Ofwat, Southend Against Sewage and others, to attend a beach meeting on March 31.
The intention being to hold Anglian Water to account for their responsibility to keep Southend beaches clean.
Mrs Firth continued: “I am delighted – following an unacceptable wait – to have finally got a date for Anglian Water to visit Southend and hold them to account on the unacceptable and repeated use of storm overflows. Residents deserve better!”
During the meeting, Anglian Water will be expected to explain their plans to improve the situation, and the bathing water will be tested for its quality and safety ahead of the summer season.
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