RIVER ITCHEN - URGENT POLLUTION APPEAL

The River Itchen needs your support

 

Bakkavor Alresford Salads have applied to the Environment Agency for a renewal licence to continue to put into the river their daily factory wash down described as TRADE EFFLUENT containing a cocktail of powerful chemicals to replace and supposedly improve on the chlorine based biocide they have been using for years.

This application is important to the river and the environment and raises many questions, some of which are listed below;
Is the quality of the river Itchen important? YES. It is protected by being in a Site Special Scientific Interest and has the highest European rating as a Special Area of Conservation.
Has the Environment Agency, charged with protection of this pristine and iconic river, been successful over the last twenty years? NO. Alresford Pond is now full of man made chemicals and the Upper Itchen fails water quality objectives under the Water Framework Directive and falls short of conservation objectives under the EU Habitats Directive.

The link to the petition website is below

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/river-itchen-urgent-pollution-appeal