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Permit treated sewage for river Frome?

Freshford Mill is located in a conservation area, it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and a site of special scientific interest and there are colonies of protected bats.

Environment Agency:

WATER RESOURCES ACT 1991 (AS AMENDED BY THE ENVIRONMENT ACT 1995)

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CONSENT FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 88

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with Schedule 10 of the Water Resources Act 1991 that an application has been made to the Environment Agency by Ypres Rose Developments Limited for consent to discharge up to 20 cubic metres per day of secondary treated domestic sewage effluent containing no trade effluent to the River Frome at National Grid Reference ST 78651 59700 from Freshford Mill, Rosemary Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7UD.

 


 

Freshford parish council has not received any notification of this application, according to the council minutes, although a phone call was made, reporting that a broken sewage pipe at Rosemary had been discharging raw sewage - possibly due to heavy plant damage or tree movement. The Environment Agency has also not published a link for the public to comment.

Unfortunately, there is some evidence to show that sewage effluent can affect the protected bat population.

I suppose there might be a reason why the Freshford Mill development could not be connected to the main sewer, other than the financial cost; perhaps its because it is located in the flood plain and would need a pumping station.

Once again Ypres Rose, the Freshford Mill developers, have not notified the village about an application or activity that could alarm local people. After all it may be perfectly safe to discharge this treated sewage so why alarm people by not taking an opportunity to inform locals? Unless there is someting to hide? 

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Posted on 05 May 2010 by Geoff Edwards

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