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Oct 10, 2019
Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

Affinity Water have made an application to allow an increase in abstraction near Watford - to cover the possibility of HS2 damaging the aquifer by tunneling.

Oct 2, 2019
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

Following heavy rain, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works discharged sewage into the river on the 24th September.

Sep 19, 2019
Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

With HS2 under review, please contact your MP if you have concerns about this project and its impact on our local rivers.

Jul 18, 2019
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Please write to your MP before the 22nd July to encourage them to attend the House of Commons debate on the plight of chalk streams.

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Affinity Water and HS2

Oct 10, 2019

Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

We stumbled across this rather innocent-looking consultation by the Environment Agency.

Only when we accessed the files through a rather tortuous route did we discover it is all about HS2. This application by Affinity Water to abstract more water from a source near Watford, is required solely to cover the possibility that HS2 could damage the aquifer with their tunneling work. So this is a pollution enabling application.

It is the job of the Environment Agency to protect the environment, not assist in its pollution. For this reason alone, we object to the application.

We are concerned at the manner in which the documents explaining this application are so hard to view, making informed consultation minimal.

You can view our consultation response here (PDF, 213 KB). The deadline for the consultation is the 11th October 2019.