ePetition - Help End Sewage Pollution

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Help End Sewage Pollution

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to - demand that Southern Water provides year-round sewage alerts to the Safer Seas Service with better information about which outfalls are responsible for the sewage alerts and takes urgent action to stop all sewage discharges into recreational waters - use the Safer Seas Service to post alerts on the Council's website, Twitter and other social and local media outlets - require lifeguards to use red flags and written warnings when there is a sewage alert - carry out monitoring of waste materials such as tarry residues, plastic and other litter and warns beachusers and sea users about them.

We want the Council to help #EndSewagePollution.
The SAS Water Quality Report (https://www.sas.org.uk/news/ocean-activists-challenge-water-companies/) showed that last summer:
- there were more than 1700 sewage discharges across England that were reported by water companies to SAS and went on its Safer Seas Service app.
- Southern Water was the worst company for sewage discharges last summer with 571
- 220 of these affected our 5 local bathing beaches (Southwick, Hove Lawns, Hove First Avenue, Central Brighton and Saltdean) and recreational waters used by surfers, swimmers, sailors, kitesurfers, rowers, kayakers and stand up paddlers
- Central Brighton and Hove tied with other beaches at having the most sewage alerts (44 between May and September) in England
- Southern Water only provide alerts during the bathing season (mid-May to October).

Started by: Andrew Coleman (Surfers Against Sewage (in Brighton, Hove and Shoreham))

This ePetition ran from 17/02/2020 to 16/03/2020 and has now finished.

333 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The petition will be presented at the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee meeting on the 17 March 2020.


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