RAW sewage has been contaminating parts of Bramshall killing crops and grass in its wake as the continuous wet weather leaves the land flooded.
The lands owners at Bramshall, along with farmers in Stafford, have been affected by several discharges of raw sewage, which contains ragging and sanitary products, since the summer floods in July this year from a Severn Trent Sewer.
The farmers say they have reported the incident to Severn Trent Water and the Environment Agency, who continue to investigate the situation. The water company has appointed Andrew King from Fisher German to represent them against the farmers involved to resolve the situation but they are refusing to acknowledge there has been any illegal discharge of sewage, despite photographic and scientific evidence. The Environment Agency has also requested a formal sewer survey, stating the sewer has adequate capacity and there is no physical requirement or permit for discharge, even in flood conditions.
The Public Analysis Department, part of Staffordshire County Council, say the land has been affected by raw sewage and tests were carried out by officers from the Animal Health Department. The farmers have been told by the council not to feed any hay or silage made on the land which was flooded and contaminated which means they will have to buy replacement crops. Initially when farmers contacted Severn Trent and the Environment Agency in August they were ignored, so they wrote again in October with copies sent to their MP&8217;s.
Bill Cash, MP for Tean and Checkley, said: &8220;I was contacted by two of my constituents asking me to intervene as Severn Trent had ignored their first letter written some five months ago.
&8220;I have written to all parties involved to help resolve this situation and with the prospect of the worst winter in 100 years to come, according to the weather men. Severn Trent need to resolve this issue urgently and remunerate those involved so they can replace the feed they have lost for their cattle.&8221;