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Mike Contacts DEFRA over City Seawater


Following concerns about the quality of the seawater in Brighton & Hove, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has written to his colleague the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, for some clarification on the matter.

In his letter to the Secretary of State, Mike said: Brighton & Hove is a wonderful seaside resort. However, a number of concerns have been raised with me about the quality of the water. Particular worries have been voiced over the level of pollution and its causes.

I understand that storms have a considerable impact on the quality of water within a specific area and while sewage may not be an issue from Brighton & Hove, pollution from the neighbouring conurbations may be an important factor, including from the river Adur. As well as these specific issues, I am interested in the general fish stock off the coast of Brighton & Hove as well as the cleanliness of the beaches themselves.

Commenting, Mike said: The sea is one of Brighton & Hoves greatest assets, so I was naturally concerned when issues surrounding the quality of the water were raised with me. I hope that the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs will be able to clarify the current state of affairs and provide residents with assurances that the long-term protection of our local seawater is a priority.