Rivers in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and across the UK are now under more threat as government fails to take action on water companies. Alex Chalk MP must change his position ahead of the next vote in Parliament.
The Conservative MP for Cheltenham has been criticised by local campaigners after voting in favour of water companies dumping sewage in local rivers.
Last week MPs voted on Lords amendments to the new Environment Bill, however Conservative MPs, including Alex Chalk MP, voted against an amendment which would have banned water companies polluting rivers with sewage.
Next week, there will be another opportunity for MPs to vote to protect local rivers.
Water companies pumped polluting and harmful raw sewage in national water sources over 400,000 times last year. The River Trust reveals more than half of England’s rivers are currently failing to pass cleanliness tests due to water companies actions.
Councillor Max Wilkinson, cabinet member for the Climate Emergency, called out Alex Chalk for failing to protect local rivers:
“It is outrageous to see our MP betray our local community and environment in Parliament. Their job should be to stand up for our local area. Our rivers are being polluted on a daily basis by water companies, showing a complete disregard for our environment. Enough is enough, we need action before our waterways are ruined forever.
“Rivers should be safe for swimming, fishing and sustaining wildlife. Yet today, they are filled with raw sewage and human waste which will destroy them for decades to come. For some areas, our rivers are a source of drinking water, yet today, they are a dumping ground for water companies.
“I am proud Liberal Democrats in Parliament are leading the fight to protect our local rivers and urge Alex Chalk MP to change their mind ahead of the crucial next vote. We have just one more opportunity to save our rivers and I call on Conservative MPs to do the right thing for our local environment.”