of the Environment Agency. And who isn’t?
A week ago Rosie MP called on the Environment Agency (EA) once again to urgently investigate the source of pollution in the River Tawd.
That followed a large number of residents sharing their concerns with Rosie about what appeared to be a huge dump of chemicals into the river running through Skelmersdale.
Rosie said “This is completely unacceptable. Fish are dying and other wildlife are suffering due to selfish and lazy businesses. I am tired of repeatedly reporting this to the EA, only to be told they have provided advice and guidance to the businesses causing the pollution.
“Advice and guidance is not enough, the EA need to take real enforcement action on any and all breaches of regulations that they find. If not, businesses will just continue to pollute knowing the only risk is a mild slap on the wrist!”
When the West Lancashire Borough Council’s Parks and Countryside Service was alerted to the problem earlier this month, it resulted in its staff clearing ten trollies and 11 bags of rubbish from the river and its surroundings in one morning alone.
In a Facebook post, a spokesman for the service said discussions with the Environment Agency are ongoing and asked for people to submit detailed information about where the problems are being seen.
They explained “It is important that this is accurate as there are numerous culverts running into the river at different points. With this in mind we are asking that you only provide information about things that you yourself witnessed and that you are 100% confident of. Please be accurate with your descriptions”.
James Upjohn is a supporter of the Friends of Tawd Valley. He’ll be an independent candidate for Ashurst in the May local elections to WLBC. Ashurst should elect him!