- Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers
- Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds
- Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations
Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.
The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.
New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company.
The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.
Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.
“We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”
Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt
Brentwood Borough Council are concerned by messages it has received regarding a person who has been doorstep cold calling residents in the Warley area in the evening.
It has been reported to us that on Tuesday night, a man was knocking on doors claiming he was carrying out a resident survey on behalf of Brentwood Borough Council. He quickly waved an unidentifiable badge before going on to ask for personal information.
The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay said: “Although we have only had a couple of messages from residents who were concerned after they were visited by the cold caller - we suspect they are not alone. I would like to warn residents that we are not currently carrying out a residents survey and if we were, we would always do some publicity first to raise awareness. Please do not give your personal details, or any details, to the person currently doorstep cold calling claiming to be doing a survey on our behalf”.
If residents are visited by this doorstep cold caller claiming to be working on behalf of the Council and asking for personal information, we would advise you to contact us on 01277 312500 with details so we can investigate further.
A new set of swings for the Younger Children's playground are being installed today.
It was decided that the previous red swings, that had been on site for decades, were at the end of their life after serving generations of parishioners.
The new swings are being installed by Wicksteed Leisure and will be available to use shortly.
The new website for the Ingatestone & Fryerning Parish Council is live now!
Please have a look and let us know what you think of it?
Residents are being given the chance to share their views on the Essex Rural Strategy through a wide-reaching public consultation.
The Essex Rural Strategy sets out a vision for our rural areas to thrive. The strategy seeks to provide a framework and aspirational goals to ensure that social, economic and environmental aspects of our rural villages and hinterland are offering the best possible place to live and work. It will be used to influence local policy and guide the priorities and actions of those who deliver services in rural parts of the county.
The strategy was updated in 2009 to establish a new 10 year vision to 2020, with a five year strategy for 2010-2015. We now need to review and update the strategy and publish a new Rural Strategy for Essex by early 2016.
Residents will have until Friday 4th December 2015 to share their views by completing an online form
All Essex residents can take part in the consultation but we are particularly seeking views from people who live, work or own businesses in rural areas and those who visit rural areas for recreation or access to services.
The Essex Rural Strategy is woned by the Essex Rural Partnership which is made up of a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. For more information, visit
The Parish Council are having a new zip wire, basket swing and teenage shelter installed at the skate park in Fairfield.
Following submissions by five play equipment installers, Play and Leisure Ltd were chosen on the basis of price and excellent references from Birmingham City Council.
The total cost for the new equipment is in the region of £18,000 but the Parish Council successfully applied for part funding from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund and will receive £8,000 towards the total cost.
The installation of the new play equipment is planned for the beginning of October 2015 and the site will be closed for approximately 1 week.
It is hoped that the siting of the zip wire and basket swing will encourage younger children to use the site as well as teenagers.