Haslemere’s soon-to-be former MP Jeremy Hunt – he intends standing in the Godalming and Ash half of the constituency when it is split by the Boundary Commission – has been organising a petition to get Thames Water to cut sewage storm overspills into the River Wey.
This contrasts rather with the reports last week in which protesters highlighted Mr Hunt’s abstention on a vote requiring water companies to dump less raw sewage in our waterways and seas which was taken in the Commons on October 20, 2021.
Jeremy Hunt campaigns against sewage pollution locally but fails to act in parliament where the laws are made.
In leaflets being pushed through doors in the town, Mr Hunt is also advertising the visit to Haslemere of Tory environment minister Thérèse Coffey.
When she gets here, maybe he can ask her to explain why she is giving water companies nationally 27 years to end sewage storm overflows into our rivers. Yes, she has set them the target of 2050!
Shirley Lewis and Toby Westcott-White