Portsmouth Ukip councillor joins fight to stop Langstone Harbour pollution problems

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CAMPAIGNERS are taking action to stop the ongoing problem of pollution pouring into Langstone Harbour.

Portsmouth Ukip councillor Stuart Potter is meeting Southern Water officials on Monday as he is concerned about the amount of wastewater being pumped into the sea.

What I want are answers over why there are still outfalls into Langstone Harbour, even though there has not been any heavy rainfall.

Portsmouth Ukip councillor Stuart Potter

He wants assures the company is taking measures to stop public safety being put in jeopardy.

It comes after Tory council leader Donna Jones wrote to Southern Water chief executive Matthew Wright with her concerns about recent flooding in Milton, which she says were caused by sewers at capacity after heavy rainfall.

Residents fear that as more developments crop up, the city’s sewage network will struggle to cope unless drastic improvements are made.

Cllr Potter, who represents Paulsgrove ward, said: ‘What I want are answers over why there are still outfalls into Langstone Harbour, even though there has not been any heavy rainfall.

‘It’s a public health issue. It’s also an issue for the local fishermen when the fishing beds keep getting closed due to hepatitis scares.

‘There’s also the people that go out there and collect their own shellfish.’

Last month, Southern Water put out a discharge notification about a release of screened wastewater from its treatment plant at Budds Farm in Havant – but admitted afterwards it was a false alarm.

That notification was made available on Langstone Harbour Board’s website, but Cllr Potter thinks there should be more ways of informing people.

He said: ‘There’s no general information for the public when this sort of thing happens.’

The company is due to meet council leader Cllr Jones to discuss how the millions of pounds it has invested in its sewer systems will reduce the need for outfalls.

Cllr Jones said: ‘I am absolutely concerned about the situation with Langstone Harbour.’

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