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SHOCKING: Sewage dumping in North Norfolk reached 3,983 hours in 2023

14 May 2024
Outfall on beach

The analysis is based on official data from the Environment Agency, compiled by the House of Commons Library for the Liberal Democrats. It shows sewage was dumped off our precious coastline on 552 separate occasions in 2023. 

This was a shocking 21% rise in the duration of sewage spills compared to the previous year, showing how the sewage scandal has worsened under Duncan Baker and the Conservative government’s watch.

Sewage was dumped into England’s rivers over 460,000 times for a total of over 3.6 million hours in 2023.

It comes after the Liberal Democrats local election success where the party campaigned relentlessly on sewage and the local environment. The party gained over 100 seats and control of two councils, beating the Conservatives and coming second for the first time since 1996.

The Liberal Democrats have led the way in campaigning against sewage dumping for years. The party is calling for strict measures including replacing Ofwat with a tougher regulator, a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have dumped sewage into waterways and the declaration of a national environmental emergency.

Last year, the Liberal Democrat-run Stockport Council became the first Council in the country to launch an official sewage inquiry. The inquiry asked for evidence from the local water companies and was chaired by Liberal Democrat councillor Lisa Smart. 

Anti-sewage campaigner Steff Aquarone, who is standing to be the next MP for North Norfolk, said:

“It's absolutely disgusting that Anglian Water pumped their filthy sewage off our coastline over 500 times in 2023! 

“On doorstep after doorstep, people right across North Norfolk are furious that filthy sewage is being repeatedly dumped off our beautiful coastline - they want to send this Conservative government a message. 

“I'm proud that the Liberal Democrats have led the way for years in campaigning for tougher action. We want to see a tougher water regulator, an end to bonuses for polluting water company bosses and stronger protections for our local environment.

“Come the General Election, I will be campaigning hard against this national scandal that has been allowed to take hold while Conservative MPs like Duncan Baker have sat on their hands and looked the other way.”



Details of sewage spills by Local Authority can be found here.

Original source: Environment Agency (EA), Annual Returns for Storm Overflows 2023

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