MP: Thames Water has "serious questions to answer" over Hughenden sewage saga

MP: Thames Water has "serious questions to answer" over Hughenden sewage

MP: Thames Water has "serious questions to answer" over Hughenden sewage

MP: Thames Water has "serious questions to answer" over Hughenden sewage

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MP David Lidington said Thames Water has "serious questions to answer" after admitting he was shocked by the extent of the sewage problem in a residential road.

The Aylesbury MP visited constituents who have been busy digging trenches, piling sandbags and pumping sewage out of their homes after manholes in Valley Road, Hughenden Valley, overflowed last month.

Mr Lidington said he would be writing a letter to the chairman of Thames Water, Sir Peter Mason, demanding immediate action.

He said: "It is shocking what residents are having to put up with and I admire their stoicism and the tactical approach they have taken to this awful situation

"It is intolerable, residents have sewage flowing through their gardens, which goes to channels into High Wycombe, there’s also sewage overflowing by bus-stops used by schoolchildren - it’s a health hazard.

"It’s not right that people who pay their bills to Thames Water appear to have been ignored and I’m unimpressed with the description given to me about the approach taken by Thames Water.

"I will be writing immediately to the chairman of Thames Water to ask for immediate action to alleviate the flooding and then there needs to be a cross-agency plan put down to stop this from happening again."

Mr Lidington spent about 45 minutes talking to residents and taking in the problem during the visit with Buckinghamshire County Councillor David Carroll on Saturday morning and praised the community spirit.

He said: "The small silver lining out of this is the community spirit we are seeing and I was made to feel very welcome.

"People are understandably anxious; they are physically and emotionally tired. I spoke to one man who has been checking the pump every two hours, 24 hours a day, he says he’s not slept for two weeks.

"They understand the floods victims are worse off so are getting on with it by hiring the pumps but what about Thames Water paying for them?

"There seems to be some serious questions that need to be asked as bill paying residents are feeling pretty sore at the way they are being treated and I think they are perfectly entitled to do so."

David White, who has lived in his home for 30 years and has been a figurehead in the clean-up efforts, was thankful for the MP’s visit.

He said: "Mr Lidington was very helpful and appalled. I appreciate there is no magic bullet he said he would use the headed paper to help us.

"Thames Water have told us they would not help with the pumps so we are going to keep going and then chase them up at a later date - but the sewage problem is a serious, wider issue that is not going to go away."

Thames Water spokesman Sarah Sharpe said: "The wettest winter on record has meant our sewer network, which is only designed to take away wastewater from homes and businesses, has been overwhelmed with floodwater.

"Groundwater in the area is exceptionally high and is causing our sewers to discharge.

"A team visits the road every other day to monitor the water levels in the sewer and check for blockages. No blockages have been found, which suggests the problem is the sheer volume of water in our network."

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7:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Dickitdo says...

Where was the M.P. for High Wycombe, why have we not heard from him ?. What has he done about the flooding around the Wycombe District . Has he asked any questions ? No of course not , Is he likely to probably not . what does he do ? Apart from overseeing the demise of High Wycombe ! . If I was him I would be feeling rather ashamed of myself .He has let Wycombe down and himself . N.F.F.P.
Where was the M.P. for High Wycombe, why have we not heard from him ?. What has he done about the flooding around the Wycombe District . Has he asked any questions ? No of course not , Is he likely to probably not . what does he do ? Apart from overseeing the demise of High Wycombe ! . If I was him I would be feeling rather ashamed of myself .He has let Wycombe down and himself . N.F.F.P. Dickitdo
  • Score: 11

6:47am Tue 4 Mar 14

MunsterX says...

Dickitdo wrote:
Where was the M.P. for High Wycombe, why have we not heard from him ?. What has he done about the flooding around the Wycombe District . Has he asked any questions ? No of course not , Is he likely to probably not . what does he do ? Apart from overseeing the demise of High Wycombe ! . If I was him I would be feeling rather ashamed of myself .He has let Wycombe down and himself . N.F.F.P.
Baker the Wycombe MP is a computer programmer riding the wave of a tax free salary and expense account all because he is matey with a couple of local Tory grandees.

The all powerful party candidate selection committees make our electoral process weaker even than the "rotten borough" days of the nineteenth century.
[quote][p][bold]Dickitdo[/bold] wrote: Where was the M.P. for High Wycombe, why have we not heard from him ?. What has he done about the flooding around the Wycombe District . Has he asked any questions ? No of course not , Is he likely to probably not . what does he do ? Apart from overseeing the demise of High Wycombe ! . If I was him I would be feeling rather ashamed of myself .He has let Wycombe down and himself . N.F.F.P.[/p][/quote]Baker the Wycombe MP is a computer programmer riding the wave of a tax free salary and expense account all because he is matey with a couple of local Tory grandees. The all powerful party candidate selection committees make our electoral process weaker even than the "rotten borough" days of the nineteenth century. MunsterX
  • Score: 5

10:11am Tue 4 Mar 14

FLiszt says...

Thames Water have a lot of answering to do - raw sewerage in Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles high streets too. These problems, ongoing for years, have been exacerbated by, rather than caused by, the recent flooding. What has OFWAT being doing - other than producing motherhood and apple pie statements that they're supposed to be making sure that the water companies provide high quality water supply and waste services, which they fail to enforce?! Local Conservative Councillors praise the clear up effort - who wouldn't do that?! - but fail to support calls for hauling these charlatans in for allowing them to occur in the first place. The only time local service providers have ever been hauled in on behalf of the local community at Chiltern District Council has been when I have initiated it!
Thames Water have a lot of answering to do - raw sewerage in Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles high streets too. These problems, ongoing for years, have been exacerbated by, rather than caused by, the recent flooding. What has OFWAT being doing - other than producing motherhood and apple pie statements that they're supposed to be making sure that the water companies provide high quality water supply and waste services, which they fail to enforce?! Local Conservative Councillors praise the clear up effort - who wouldn't do that?! - but fail to support calls for hauling these charlatans in for allowing them to occur in the first place. The only time local service providers have ever been hauled in on behalf of the local community at Chiltern District Council has been when I have initiated it! FLiszt
  • Score: 6

8:34am Wed 5 Mar 14

Kania 2000 says...

Its not just Thames Water, it also Bucks County Council!
Its not just Thames Water, it also Bucks County Council! Kania 2000
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