Southern Water apologises about flies from Uckfield sewage works

Southern Water has told Uckfield News it is sorry that flies from its Uckfield sewage works have caused problems for people living on the Ridings Estate, in New Town, Uckfield.

The apology follows confirmation that the “vast majority” of flies in a sample, taken by the environmental health department of Wealden and Rother councils, were from the waste water treatment works.

Flies on a windowsill on the Ridings Estate, Uckfield. Now it is known that they come from the nearby sewage works.

A spokesman for Southern Water told Uckfield News: “We are sorry that flies from our wastewater treatment works have caused problems for our neighbours.

“The situation has not been helped in the past few months by having a warm and wet winter which both encourages flies and also makes our chemical dosing less effective meaning problems have continued despite £9 million of investment at the site.


“As we go through spring and summer our scientists will be reviewing our treatment regime to ensure maximum effectiveness.

“We will continue to work closely with our colleagues at environmental health and will stay in contact with customers nearby.”

Natural History Museum

Senior environmental health officer, Greg Minns, has sent the test results to Southern Water and asked them to think about whether there is anything they can do to reduce fly numbers further.

But, he says, a specialist at the Natural History Museum has confirmed that the best form of treatment to control the flies is one already being used by Southern Water.

Mr Minns says that once restrictions, due to Covid 19 are lifted, he plans to ask for another meeting with the company.


In the meantime he asks that if the flies are bad residents get in touch with him.

He says: “Although we aren’t currently doing any home visits due to Covid 19, I’ll see what I can do regarding visits to the area to witness the flies, including out of hours visits.

“Several visits to witness the flies, even in residents’ front gardens – and seeing flies on windowsills etc, combined with numerous photos and complaints from residents would probably generate sufficient evidence for the service of an Abatement Notice on Southern Water.”

See, in previous Uckfield News stories, how flies have plagued residents near the sewage works:

Flies ruin Christmas for Uckfield family

Swarming flies make life a misery for Uckfield residents

See also:

Formal plan submitted for 90 homes off Eastbourne Road

Rowland Gorringe presents Easter eggs to Uckfield Foodbank

How Wealden Council is supporting community during pandemic

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