By Ray Shemilt:
We have a serious problem in Bude concerning the discharging of raw sewage into our seas. Our beautiful coastline that is vital to the economy of Bude, has been subjected to this affecting both the beaches and the Sea Pool. If elected I will make this situation a priority cause. It is only going to get worse. Both developers and SWW must be held to account by Cornwall Council; this situation cannot continue.
South West Water can afford to pay its CEO and shareholders enormous amounts of money but cannot invest in an upgrade to our waste system. This only reinforces the argument that water, as well as other utilities, need to be brought back into Public Ownership. The Labour Party will do this for the benefit of all.
Only a couple of weeks ago it was found that raw sewage was coming from a discharge pipe at the new build near Crooklets beach. Apparently the system that the developers installed requires a holding tank with a pump that shifts the waste uphill to the mains. You have to ask – why did the planning department allow this to go ahead?
Also, not widely known, is the fact that the Binhamy estate that was built against the wishes of the majority of Bude residents and Cornwall Council, is currently not connected to the main sewage system. At present the waste is stored in tanks and taken away by road. You have to ask – what will happen when it is eventually connected? Will we have raw sewage discharges all the time and not just on the days it rains?