On Sunday 1st of August 2021, Faversham received heavy rain that caused flooding in many areas of the town. Some of these floods contained not just rain water but a mixture of rainwater and raw sewage. As the water soaked away there were areas of the town that were left with dirty streets and polluted waterways. Specifically “Cooks-ditch” was badly affected, with the area now lined with sewage and flushed sanitary items which is not only a threat to our wildlife and ecology, it is also a threat to human health. With climate change, weather is set to become more extreme and with more housing being built around Faversham the responsibility for preventing sewage spillage onto our streets, nor into our Creek lies firmly with Southern Water. Southern Water have been proven to have neglected the environment in other areas of Kent and so also must be challenged for their inaction in Faversham where the existing sewerage system does not have the capacity to handle the additional sewage from the new housing developments.
This must be done before there is an ecological disaster
We the undersigned call on Southern Water to permanently fix the problems that have led to repeated flooding and sewage pollution of streets and waterways in Faversham.