abstraction, pollution

A letter from Defra

Towards the end of October, Friends of the Rib & Quin wrote to Sir Oliver Heald, Member of Parliament for our constituency and catchment as well as FORQ’s President, for some advice.

Our work documenting the pollution and abstraction impacting our two chalk streams has raised some clear and obvious questions, which we laid out in the attached letter and sought his suggestions as to how we might best receive answers, from the water companies as well as the local planning authorities.

The letter was copied to our local councillors, and the parish councils and angling interests that we have met and gained the support of over recent months.

Sir Oliver was good enough to immediately write to Therese Coffey, the new Secretary of State for Defra, raising our concerns. Jan Goodeve, East Herts District Council Executive Member for Planning & Economic Growth also responded having read our letter with interest and shared it with appropriate EHDC planning officers.

November and December came and went but nothing more was heard until early January, when Sir Oliver wrote with a reply from Rebecca Pow MP, Defra Minister for Environmental Quality and Resilience.

The FORQ executive will be considering the Minister’s response.