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Solent Sewage Pollution: Stephen Morgan MP calls urgent public meeting

Stephen Morgan MP has announced an urgent public meeting he has convened to address the growing problem of local sewage pollution.

The meeting will be on Wednesday November 10th from 7pm-8:30pm and will take place at the University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building.

It comes as the latest action the Portsmouth MP has taken to hold industry and government to account on behalf of constituents on local sewage pollution, including a range of parliamentary questions, a string of letters to ministers and government agencies and meetings with key local groups.

The event will be a chance for the public to share their knowledge and understanding of the growing local concerns that Langstone Harbour and surrounding waters are under threat, with little being done by either government or industry to address the deteriorating situation.

Panelists include:

  • Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South
  • Professor Alex Ford (Director of Research Degrees at the School of Biological Sciences for the University of Portsmouth)
  • Local environmental groups

Following a short presentation from each panellist, the meeting will then open-up to a Q&A discussion.

It comes following the local MP’s ongoing efforts urging the government to tackle local sewage pollution, including writing a letter to the Environment Agency after it reported an ‘abnormal situation’ earlier this month and voting for a change to the government’s Environment Bill that would place a legal duty on water companies not to pollute Portsmouth’s waterways.

Booking is essential and you can register via the Eventbrite page. Attendees will be asked to wear a mask once inside the lecture theatre throughout the event, unless speaking. Personal information may be used for track and trace purposes.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said,

“Our local environment is under threat. Industry, government, and neighbouring MPs continue to drag their feet and fail to take action whilst Portsmouth’s gems meanwhile pay the price.

“That’s why I’ve been speaking up in Parliament on this important issue and convened this urgent public meeting to address these growing, city-wide concerns and work together to tackle excessive Solent sewage discharge.

“I look forward to meeting with local people, listening to concerns and working with them to forge a plan to protect Portsmouth waterways and secure their future.”