Sewage poses risk to National Trust visitors

Bucks Free Press: Hughenden Manor land Hughenden Manor land

SEWAGE has polluted part of the Hughenden Manor estate land, after a cover is thought to have been removed by Thames Water.

The National Trust, which runs the Manor and park, has been working with Thames Water and the Environment Agency to try to resolve the water contamination issues.

Jim Foy, NT general manager, for Hughenden, West Wycombe and Central Chilterns Properties, said: "On Friday, February 14 Thames Water opened the foul sewer cover in Hughenden’s historic parkland in an attempt to relieve pressure on the section in the Hughenden Valley Road. This caused effluent to escape, polluting the surrounding area, not just in the parkland but also the chalk stream three metres away."

He said the EA has been told about the potential risks to water courses, grazing animals and visitors.

He added: "In an attempt to mitigate any of these impacts we have erected temporary fencing around the foul sewer cover and erected temporary signs, warning visitors and local walkers of the potential risks. We have escalated the matter to Thames Water yet remain concerned that to date it is unresolved and are eager to see a swift and permanent solution."

Spokesman for Thames Water, Sarah Sharpe, said: "Wastewater coming out of the sewer network is heavily diluted with groundwater, and therefore poses minimal risk. We are monitoring the watercourse and will continue to work closely with the Environment Agency."

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9:52am Thu 27 Feb 14

rem708 says...

"Spokesman for Thames Water, Sarah Sharpe, said: "Wastewater coming out of the sewer network is heavily diluted with groundwater, and therefore poses minimal risk."

If it poses minimal risk then why do we have to process it in sewage farms?
"Spokesman for Thames Water, Sarah Sharpe, said: "Wastewater coming out of the sewer network is heavily diluted with groundwater, and therefore poses minimal risk." If it poses minimal risk then why do we have to process it in sewage farms? rem708
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2:31am Sat 1 Mar 14

Dickitdo says...

Has the sewage system failed because we have no sewage treatment plant in High Wycombe , it would seem very probable as the sewage has to be pumped to Marlow Sewage works , and we know that they have had problems . The people of Marlow were requested not to use their toilets as the sewage system could not cope . As far as I know the people of High Wycombe have not had a similar request . I am sure this would not have happened If they had not closed Wycombe Sewage works and sold the site for a housing development on what must surely be a heavily polluted site . As are the local allotments that the Council closed because of the alleged pollution with heavy metals ! . Probably soon to be another housing site .
Has the sewage system failed because we have no sewage treatment plant in High Wycombe , it would seem very probable as the sewage has to be pumped to Marlow Sewage works , and we know that they have had problems . The people of Marlow were requested not to use their toilets as the sewage system could not cope . As far as I know the people of High Wycombe have not had a similar request . I am sure this would not have happened If they had not closed Wycombe Sewage works and sold the site for a housing development on what must surely be a heavily polluted site . As are the local allotments that the Council closed because of the alleged pollution with heavy metals ! . Probably soon to be another housing site . Dickitdo
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