Concerns have been raised over the impact of the planned Marlow Film Studios on the town’s sewage system.

Plans to be put before Buckinghamshire Council for a decision in March 2024 would see the film studios built just a few hundred metres from the Little Marlow Sewage Treatment Works.

Members of the Little Marlow Sewage Treatment Works Liaison Committee discussed the possible effect of thousands of people at the studios adding to the burden on the sewage works, which feeds into the River Thames and is run by Thames Water.

Kathryn Acres told the Committee during its latest meeting that she was “concerned” about whether the sewage works would be able to cope with demand from the proposed film studios, which it is claimed could create 4,000 extra jobs.

She said: “What effect that would have on the treatment works and its capacity is my concern.”

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In his reply, Andrew Scott, Thames Water’s Head of Waste Treatment for Thames Valley Region said he was not sure what the “absolute maximum” that the sewage works could take was, adding that someone at the water company “will be looking at that”.

He continued: “What I do know – from my operations perspective – is that unfortunately we tend to be playing catchup rather than getting ourselves ahead of the game.”

Committee Chair Councillor David Watson told members of the meeting that Marlow Film Studios would likely have a big impact on the local sewage works.

He said: “It will be quite a step function in an increase of demand on the site… It is question we would like to know the answer for.”

Little Marlow Sewage Treatment Works treats all the sewage from Marlow, Bourne End and High Wycombe.