Decision details

Notice of Motion - Discharge of untreated wastewater by Southern Water

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the Notice of Motion proposed by Councillor Field and seconded by Councillor Lambert


12.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport along with written comments from Councillor Kathryn Field as the proposer of the motion.




12.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to recommend that the County Council approve an amended motion as set out below:


(1) The Environment Agency to swiftly complete a full and transparent investigation into the 5th February Eastbourne discharge, and sewage discharges across East Sussex.


(2) Recommendations from investigations be published with clear action plans agreed with the regulators where appropriate.


(3) Southern Water to take responsibility for sewage discharges in East Sussex and apologise to residents, businesses and visitors where appropriate to do so and offer a full explanation.


(4) The regulators to consider stronger penalties or mechanisms to reduce incidents of unauthorised discharges of sewage.




12.3     The Council recognises the importance of this issue and the impact that it has on East Sussex residents, businesses, visitors and the environment.

Report author: Nick Claxton

Publication date: 13/06/2022

Date of decision: 13/06/2022

Decided at meeting: 13/06/2022 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Effective from: 18/06/2022

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