As you will be aware for many years Langstone Harbour, and the Kench respectively, has been blighted by the release of sewage from Budds Farm in Havant and the other sewage works in Eastney at the most inopportune of times. This has created a long list of illness over the years suffered by harbour users, sailers, surfers and children hoping to enjoy the seaside.
Surfers against sewage was born in the 70’s and some semblance of monitoring and accountability was created. However more action is needed to protect us and the wildlife in the harbour.
A large number of our members, especially those with children, have discussed for many years if there could be a way of trying to monitor the situation and keep a watch out for sewage overflow to help protect the users of the Kench from serious illness.
Logistically this has always proven difficult to provide but Mark Pullen has been invited to join a committee set up by Langstone Harbour Board with an aim to monitor and help improve the harbour for all users. In March a letter was sent to George Eustace (MP)
Langstone Harbour Board Letter (19th March 2021)
Southern Water Announcement (7th April 2021)
Following the letter sent by the Harbour Board the following was received by email and shared with us.
This morning, Southern Water’s CEO, Ian McAulay, has announced a commitment of action and investment to improve Chichester and Langstone Harbours.
A new £5 million environmental improvement fund will be established, a proportion of which will be invested with partners on initiatives that deliver nature-based solutions and environment net-gain for both harbours.
The fund is part of our investment of £1.7 billion over the next four years across the south-east to improve the capacity and efficiency of the waste water network and reduce the number of releases from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). This investment also includes:
- £13 million to be invested to improve instrumentation and data capture that further reduces the risk to the environment from storm overflows, including at Budds Farm, which releases into Langstone Harbour; and
- A planned, major £6.5 million scheme to reduce groundwater infiltration into the vast Chichester sewer network.
We are also proposing to host a summit of senior leaders through the newly formed Chichester Harbour Protection & Recovery of Nature group (CHaPRoN) . This summit will aim to develop a plan that helps to improve the water quality and important natural habitats of Chichester and Langstone Harbours.
Further information on the announcement can be found here – Southern Water commits to action and investment to improve our Harbours – Southern Water: Water for life, Water and wastewater services for Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Please do let us know if any questions or if you would like to discuss the announcement further.
I have decided to post useful links that point you to alerts of spills etc and any useful news that Mark can provide
Thanks to Angus Prentice
From Spring News letter