Residents step up battle against flies from sewage works

Uckfield residents protest at Southern Water sewage works about flies plaguing their homes lives.

About 25 Uckfield residents joined a Covid-secure protest as they stepped up efforts to get something done about flies from Southern Water sewage works which are plaguing their lives.

They walked peacefully from the Forge Rise area to the sewage works on Saturday and fixed placards to the fencing.

One of the placards brought by protesters to the Southern Water sewage works. ‘Flies for Life: No thanks Southern water’.

They remained socially distanced and were accompanied by marshals wearing high visibility vests who were there to remind people of the need to stay safe. 

The residents plan to escalate their complaints and will be renewing contact with Wealden Council’s environmental health department, Uckfield Town Council and Wealden MP Nus Ghani. See their leaflet below.

A leaflet produced by residents battling a fly problem in New Town, Uckfield. They are asking neighbours to display them.


They have previously been told that options for dealing with the flies are limited but they aren’t prepared to accept that.

One resident said: “We really have got to try to get somebody to understand that this isn’t going to go away.” 

She added said Southern Water were made aware of the protest but didn’t send a representative.

Another view of protesters at the Southern Water sewage works in Uckfield.


The organisers were pleased with the turnout because people were only invited to take part on Wednesday, two days after the latest swarms of flies caused distress in the Forge Rise area. See a previous Uckfield News story: Glorious day and flies are back again in Forge Rise.

A petition has been set up in support of the campaign for action. You can find it here Southern Water: Stop the swarms of flies from the Uckfield Sewage Works. More than 570 people have signed the petition so far. Residents would be grateful for more support.

More placards brought by protesters to the Southern Water sewage works.

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