Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes investment to protect the environment

News / Fri 2nd Dec 2022 at 09:21am

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon, has responded to the announcement that fines against water companies will be reinvested to enhance our natural environment and to protect our waterways.

Last year, fines for dumping in our waterways reached an all time high. Since 2015, over £141 million has been raised through penalties against reckless water companies. Furthermore, new Government rules mean water companies are now required to invest £56 billion to improve and upgrade our water infrastructure. 

Robert commented, “Whether in my own garden, visiting the many green spaces in Harlow or holidaying in national parks up and down the UK, I love nothing more than spending time in nature and am a passionate advocate for ensuring our natural environment is protected. 

“This includes protecting our waterways and coastlines which is why I have voted in favour of:

  1. Greater penalties for water companies who do not meet the environmental standards required, such as the record breaking fine handed to Southern Water last year. 
  2. £7.1 billion investment by water companies to improve water quality, including £3.1 billion dedicated to improving storm overflow use.
  3. Establishing the Office for Environmental Protection as an environmental watchdog.
  4. New powers to regulate water companies, the Environment Agency and the Government.
  5. A legal obligation on water companies to publish data on storm overflow operations in near real time (within 1 hour) of the commencement of an overflow, its location and when it will end.

“I welcome today’s announcement that fines for water companies that pollute our rivers and seas will be reinvested into schemes which serve to benefit and protect our natural environment.”

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6 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes investment to protect the environment:

Kim Oconnor
2022-12-02 10:04:19

Is this a joke, I know this is about water, but it's all so about the environment. Which council s across the board voted to build a 4 lane road right across our own river stort, and surround this beautiful river in unaffordable housing estates. Destroying out ecco systems, ripping old trees out in there thousands, wild life destruction. Believe me when I say these people that voted for this are not environmentally friendly. There all about greed pure and simple. The river stort valley is the only peaceful place we have now in Harlow, and theses councils want to destroy it.

Nicholas Taylor
2022-12-02 11:42:29

You really could not make this up. Signing endless agreements at Cop 1-27, bemoaning the loss of the Amazon and the subject of this article, when it comes down to it politicians of both main Parties agree to the destruction of the Green Belt, in Harlow's case the trashing of the River Stort and building on green spaces all to allow housebuilders to make matchbox sized homes and make billions of pounds profit. Building thousands of unaffordable homes around Harlow will do nothing to help those of us already living here and the water and sewerage system will be under even greater strain.

2022-12-02 12:33:34

This is the man who has campaigned relentlessly for lower fuel duty without recognising the pollution that extra car use brings

2022-12-02 14:19:58

Perhaps RH can explain why he voted to allow dumping of raw sewage into seas and rivers on 20 October 2021. https://www.nationalworld.com/news/politics/how-did-my-mp-vote-on-sewage-list-of-mps-who-voted-for-and-against-dumping-raw-sewage-into-seas-and-rivers-3433000 If he and most of the Conservative party had voted not to allow nasties to be dumped into rivers, perhaps it would not be necessary to waste taxpayers money on yet another useless watchdog.

2022-12-02 18:37:57

The best way to protect the environment, is to leave it alone.

James Griggs
2022-12-02 22:05:55

The hypocrisy is breathtaking even by the ‘standards’ of Mr Halfon. This is the man who voted to allow water companies to continue dumping raw sewage into the waterways and now welcomes the opportunity to fine them doing so! Mr Halfons’ environmental credentials are non-existent.

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