Thames Water promises action for Slyfield

After years of lobbying by local councillors Thames Water have announced that they are beginning targeted investment to reduce the bad odours and fly issues, caused by the Slyfield sewage treatment works, that have plagued local residents.

After years of lobbying by local councillors Thames Water have announced that they are beginning targeted investment to reduce the bad odours and fly issues, caused by the Slyfield sewage treatment works, that have plagued local residents.

Thames Water have also said that they are also planning to stop the routine use of lime treatment at the Guildford site and to remove ‘sludge’ more regularly - both of which contribute significantly to the ongoing smell and fly issues.

Local Campaigner Hannah Thompson commented, “This is a massive step forward for local residents who have had to face problems from the sewage treatment works year after year. It also shows that when community and councillors come together on an issue - organisations like Thames Water will start to listen."

Councillor Zöe Franklin said, “I am very hopeful that we will see improvement for local residents as quickly as possible following this good news from Thames Water. I am also delighted that the Coalition Government has announced that the Slyfield Area Regeneration Project is in the running for funding which would enable things to start moving on relocating the sewage treatment works, building much needed homes, business space and community facilities. As this progresses I know that myself and my Lib Dem colleagues will work with residents to ensure that their voices are heard."