Press release from Bramley Parish Council, 11 May 2012
Severn Trent Water Ltd has instructed Bramley Parish Council that they will dig up and lay a sewer across our Wadsworth Road allotments on Monday, 14th May.
Severn Trent has powers under the Water Industries Act to lay drains wherever it likes and this gross injustice to our allotment holders is what happens when large private companies are given powers to ride roughshod over communities.
The Parish Council would like to defend the allotment holders in court, but it cannot simply
use public money to defend against Severn Trent’s reprehensible actions, when there is a
chance of losing the case and the costs could run into several thousand pounds.
Severn Trent could have used several other routes, but they chose the cheapest option and
said to hell with the destruction of the allotments, and the utter devastation of Mr and Mrs
Suter’s garden at their home on Coquet Avenue.
Severn Trent assured us that they had carried out what they said was an exhaustive
“optioneering” exercise to explore all the sewer route options open to them, the Parish
Council has demanded this information under the Environmental Information Regulations,
but Severn Trent has not complied with the Regulations.
To give an indication as to the quality of people we are dealing with at Severn Trent; when
we asked why they hadn’t used the large sewer that had been serving the same site for at
least 40 years, they told us that they didn’t know about it!! – so much for their exhaustive
In the same vein, Severn Trent told Mr Suter that they would tunnel under the mature hedge at the bottom of his garden when they came through with their sewer, but we have got hold of emails that states how they are going to dig the hedge up and remove it. And unbelievably, Severn Trent’s contractor has more recently said how they will then plant this hedge elsewhere and when they’ve finished their work in Mr Suter’s garden, they will bring the hedge back and replant it – this must be one the most bizarre horticultural procedures ever heard of.
Ofwat told us how they are unable to pursue our complaint yet, due to the legislation that
controls them, but they did advise how they would have expected Severn Trent to have
taken the Parish Council’s “views into account before coming to a final decision especially
where an alternative route is suggested and available” Well, seeing as how Severn Trent decided on their route without even telling us, or Mr and Mrs Suter, that they intended to impose their scheme upon our respective properties, Ofwat’s expectations of Severn Trent are sorely misplaced.
Bramley Parish Council