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Sewage dumped 952 times from Highland sewer overflows! Council calls for action

By Neil MacPhail

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A north sewer under repair.
A north sewer under repair.

The Highland Council is taking action after the shocking revelation that sewage was dumped at least 952 times in Highland through sewer overflows.

Council leader Raymond Bremner will write to SEPA and Scottish Water regarding these combined sewer overflows (CSO’s) and calling for people using Highland beaches and rivers to be given the highest possible protection.

They are also calling for a member workshop to explain the impact of CSOs on the north environment and focussing on delivering environmental improvements.

At the recent meeting of the council on 29 June 2023, councillors approved an amendment by Councillor David Fraser seconded by Councillor Karl Rosie to a motion which was brought to council by Councillor Trish Robertson and seconded by Councillor David Gregg.

It is: "Council notes official Scottish Water figures showing that sewage was dumped at least 952 times in Highland.

"Understands that across Scotland only 4% of sewage overflow points are monitored (144 out of 3,614), compared with around 90% in England, so the actual figure will be much worse!

"Council believes that the local environment and everyone who uses our rivers and beaches deserve the highest possible protection.

"Council requests that the council leader writes to SEPA and Scottish Water seeking a member workshop on the impact of CSO’s on the rivers and beaches in Highland with a focus on delivering environmental improvements."

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