Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

MICHAEL LILLEY

Prospective
Parliamentary Candidate

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Isle of Wight East

MICHAEL LILLEY

Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

Isle of Wight East

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

Liberal Democrat branding white text with yellow bird

MICHAEL LILLEY

Michael Lilley with Benson at Appley Park April 2024

Isle of Wight East

Prospective
Parliamentary
Candidate

Liberal Democrat branding white text with yellow bird

Heavy Rainfall and Sewage Released into the Solent!

Surfers Against Sewage App listed on the 14th May 2024 that sewage had been discharged from a sewer overflow in Ryde and onto Ryde beaches. Bathing is not advised due to the likelihood of reduced water quality. During the afternoon I walked by the sea and saw people bathing unaware as this warning/alert will be only known to those who have the App!

This is totally unacceptable and Southern Water needs to be held to account. The picture above is me standing by one of the sewage release pipes in Ryde in April 2023 and 12 months on sewage is still being released.

My petition is still active and please do sign and circulate if you have not already done so:

Petition · Save Isle of Wight from Environmental Realities of Climate Change! – United Kingdom · Change.org

On the 15th May 2024 at Isle of Wight’s Council, Cllr Sarah Redrup (Lib Dem) is putting forward a motion as part of the Stop Sewage Releases on the Isle of Wight. The Motion is as follows:

The Isle of Wight Council notes that Islanders are deeply concerned about
water quality and the impact on wildlife and human health of regular
wastewater discharge into our rivers and seas. Throughout 2023, sewage
was discharged into our waters for an astonishing 38,648 hours. On
Christmas Day in 2023, sewage was discharged into the sea for five and
half hours, where, the following day, Boxing Day swimmers were bathing.

Councillor Redrup urges Isle of Wight council to aim for zero sea sewage releases by 2030 (onthewight.com)
The Isle of Wight Council Resolves to:

  • Recognise this Council’s obligation to protect its rivers and seas in line
    with its local planning policy, and the National Planning Policy
    Framework.
  • Ensure that the new Island plan and SuDS supplementary planning
    document fully considers the cumulative impact of surface water runoff
    and sewage discharge.
  • To continue managing stormwater at every opportunity by incorporating
    or retrofitting SuDS within its own capital programme.
  • Help to raise awareness by supporting community groups wishing to
    conduct water quality testing in their local area.
  • To take a positive and proactive lead on this issue and work with
    stakeholders to ensure that sewage releases into the sea surrounding
    the Isle of Wight are zero by 2030.

Stopping sewage dumping is a key Lib Dem policy and part of our national strategy. We believe water companies need to be held to account.

Stop Sewage Dumping – Liberal Democrats (libdems.org.uk)

As an IW Councillor I have campaigned for many years in conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage and will continue until there are zero sewage releases into our sea.

Local campaign calls for action against Isle of Wight’s sewage discharges (updated) (onthewight.com)

Stop Sewage releases by Southern Water – Motion to IW Full Council on 17th January 2024 – Press Release | Michael Lilley – My motion in January this year was withdrawn so that it could be developed further and this has resulted in Sarah’s motion.

Ryde’s storm sewage crisis goes global: French news agency spotlights Isle of Wight’s battle for cleaner beaches (onthewight.com)

“Environmental Crisis” Warning Because Of Isle Of Wight Greenfield Developments – Isle of Wight Radio (iwradio.co.uk)

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