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The Effluent Problem On The River Aire Is Still There


I have just got in from the Aire, where the effluent has been pumped off for about the fifth time. The sack I had fixed at the mouth of the pipe to collect any sludge coming down the pipe has been removed. All the sludge below the pipe has been covered with silty sand from the river bank. I suppose if its covered it it will not be seen. This isn't the answer, the problem is still there. Its what I call a botch up. We must keep on the pressure on the EA and ensure the problem is solved. I haven't spent the past 11 days protecting the river to see all that work disappear with a lot of dead fish. The picture tells the full story. At least a lot of people are now getting involved and I would like to say thank you to everyone for your support. I have tonight sent the following letter to Dafydd Evans Head of Fisheries at the EA.

Dear Dafydd I have just got in from the Aire, the effluent has been pumped off for about the fifth time. The sack I had fixed at the mouth of the pipe to collect sludge has been removed. All the sludge has been covered with silty sand from the river bank. I suppose if its covered it it will not be seen. This isn't the answer. The problem is still there. Its what I call a Heath Robertson botch up. We intend to keep the pressure on the EA and ensure the problem is solved. Not only do we pay a rod licence fee, we are also tax payers and we deserve a better service than what we are getting from the EA as regards this problem, which has been going on for far to long. If this had been a salmonid river we reckon the problem would have been dealt with far quicker. I haven't spent the past 11 days protecting the river to see all that work disappear in a load of dead fish. We have already lost large numbers of fry. Once the fish have gone so will the kingfishers. Dafydd, Please do not allow the local area EA to sweep this under the carpet or should I say sand.The attached picture tells the full story.


Martin James Fishing
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