Sewage dumping in Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland soars by 325%!

22 Apr 2024
Jemma Joy stood by a local waterway in Guisborough

Sewage was dumped into rivers & coastlines in the North Yorkshire constituency of Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland for 3,668 hours in 2023, new figures have revealed.

This is a shocking 325% rise in the duration of sewage spills compared to the previous year, showing how the sewage scandal has worsened under the Conservative government’s watch.

The analysis is based on official data from the Environment Agency, compiled by the House of Commons Library for the Liberal Democrats. It shows sewage was dumped into local waterways on 787 separate occasions in 2023. 

This is a 144% increase in the number of sewage spills, up from 322 in 2022.

Last year, sewage was dumped into England’s rivers over 460,000 times for a total of over 3.6 million hours in 2023.

9 in 10 constituencies in England saw a rise in the duration of sewage dumping and 90% saw a rise in the number of spills in 2023 compared to the previous year.

The Liberal Democrats have led the way in campaigning against sewage dumping for years. The party is calling for strict measures including replacing Ofwat with a tougher regulator, a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have dumped sewage into waterways and the declaration of a national environmental emergency.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland, Guisborough Councillor Jemma Joy said:

“It is disgusting that there has been such a sharp rise in Northumbrian Water pumping their filthy sewage into our rivers and beaches.

“People in Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland, as well as the whole country are sick to the back teeth with Conservative MPs voting time and again to allow water companies to get away with this environmental vandalism. The whole thing stinks.

“Come the election, this government faces a reckoning at the ballot box from people fed up with this sewage scandal.

“The Liberal Democrats have led the way for years in campaigning for tougher action to stop this filthy practice. We want to see a tougher water regulator, an end to bonuses for polluting water company bosses and stronger protections for our local environment.”


Redcar & Cleveland Liberal Democrats

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