Uckfield residents continue battle over sewage works flies

Uckfield residents are pressing on with a battle to ensure Southern Water deals with a problem of flies from sewage works which are making their lives a misery.

A public meeting is to be held on Saturday outside the Victoria Pavilion, to which representatives of Southern Water and councillors have been invited, and email exchanges with the authority continue.

A letter from Southern Water to residents on April 15 said a fly control management plan had been agreed with Environmental Health which is due to be in place by the end of this month. Extra dosing with Bactimos, the only chemical approved for use, has already been implemented as a trial.

Specialist

Southern Water says it is working with a specialist in the use of the chemical and has also engaged with a secondary independent company.

The company says its ecological team is reviewing any options it could implement. “Ecological investigations are at their infancy stage, but I hope this shows we are committed to help the residents of Uckfield in preventing the situation from getting any worse.”

Southern Water adds it is discussing how best to communicate with residents and is investigating the possibility of inviting some key stakeholders to the water treatment works to provide an update on actions taking place.

Priority

One couple who say they are at the end of their tether with the problem have responded telling Southern Water they are not prepared to put up with it any longer. “We are going to continue to take any and all actions available to us until this matter gets the priority resolution that is needed.”

The couple say: “I regret I cannot take your email in the positive vein in which it was sent, but it seems full of words that offer us little hope, rather than promises of action.

“Words do not alleviate the misery that is the daily reality of life for a lot of residents in and around the Forge Rise and Bridge Farm Road areas.

Outside space

“We should all be able to have our doors and windows open, hang our washing out, and enjoy our outside space, especially given the last year of all of our lives.

“We should not have to be cooped up indoors, with our windows and doors closed. We are, after all, privileged enough to live in lovely East Sussex in the 21st Century Britain. We aren’t trying to survive in a squalid shanty town in some impoverished third world country.”

• The public meeting to be held on Saturday (May 1) outside the Victoria Pavilion is due to start at 11am.

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