Burnham MP calls for action after latest bathing water results

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:30 20 November 2017

James Heappey MP speaking in parliament.

James Heappey MP speaking in parliament.

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Burnham MP James Heappey says ministerial support is needed to find out which farms are causing the town’s bathing water quality issue.

Mr Heappey said in Parliament there have been ‘significant improvements’ in the environmental behaviour of the area’s residents, businesses and the council over the past few years, but concern still surrounds which farmers within the catchment area are having the most negative impact on the bathing water quality.

He said: “I have been pushing natural England and the environment agency to understand this for some time now.

“Ministerial support is needed to make sure we do a full and accurate audit so we understand exactly which farms are contributing to the bathing water quality challenge.

“We can target the grants for improving farmyards and waste water run off in a way that directly impacts on bathing water in Burnham.”

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