Our Man in West­min­ster

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Damian Green

The com­plaints about the smell from the sewage treat­ment works in Ken­ning­ton re­ported here last week are com­pletely un­der­stand­able.

Some of the con­tro­versy has been about the “im­por­ta­tion” of sewage from out­side Ash­ford to the plant. It seems to me that this is a sec­ond or­der issue and that when you have a plant in the mid­dle of an ur­ban area the tech­nol­ogy needs to be avail­able to make life com­fort­able for the neigh­bours.

This should ap­ply wher­ever the sewage comes from. I have vis­ited the South­ern Wa­ter site a num­ber of times, and I know that it has been up­graded over the years. So it is par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing that this summer has seen more prob­lems than I can re­mem­ber for many years.

I have been in touch with the chief ex­ec­u­tive to ex­press my con­cerns and will con­tinue to work closely with lo­cal coun­cil­lors. The com­pany tells me that they have iden­ti­fied two pos­si­ble ar­eas which could be caus­ing the smells and have in­stalled odour sup­pres­sion units at these points. I will be also be keep­ing a check on the num­ber and time of ve­hi­cle move­ments into the site. This has been an­other issue which has raised as a po­ten­tial prob­lem in the area. It will be im­por­tant over the rest of the summer for South­ern Wa­ter to con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and en­sure that proper twoway com­mu­ni­ca­tion is main­tained with house­hold­ers. I will be hav­ing a meet­ing with lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives to check on progress at the end of Au­gust.

Be­fore then I will be mak­ing my most im­por­tant and nerve-rack­ing speech of the year, as the father of the bride. Wish me luck and have a good summer.

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