Minister Promises Action on Mogden
Mary Macleod MP praised Steve Taylor and Barry Edwards from MRAG
Local MP Mary Macleod met with Dan Rogerson MP and called for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to do more to stop the odours coming from Mogden Sewage Treatment Works in Isleworth.
The Minister responsible for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management met with Mary following her Parliamentary question in the House of Commons. Mary was accompanied by Steve Taylor and Barry Edwards from the Mogden Residents’ Action Group.
During the meeting Mr Rogerson promised that he would push the Environment Agency to conduct checks on the Mogden site to ensure that Thames Water were adhering to the restrictions placed on them for odour emissions. He said that some of those visits could be unannounced and would focus on the flow of sewage that comes through the storm tanks. This is where the majority of the smell originates.
Mary had previously invited Mr Steve Taylor and Mr Barry Edwards of the Mogden Residents’ Action Group (MRAG) to a meeting in Parliament so that she could be kept up-to-date with developments at Mogden. Mary decided that she would meet with the Minister to push for a solution to these long-running issues of odour and the discharging of sewage into the Thames.
Mary will continue to press Hounslow Council for a proper Odour Reduction Survey to be completed, as well as more odour monitoring units around the perimeter of the site.
Mary, who has been liaising with MRAG over solutions to these ongoing issues, said:
“Mr Taylor and Mr Edwards have been doing an excellent job at raising the issues of Mogden residents with Thames Water and Hounslow Council. I hope that our meeting with the Minister will help Thames Water and the Council to find a permanent solution to reducing the odour. Mogden residents have suffered long enough and I am happy to see that the Minister is taking this issue seriously.”
I am a strong supporter of apprentices in any workplace and I hope that the trust is able to continue to grow their numbers of apprentices in the future.”
Helen Grant commented: “I was delighted to accompany Mary Macleod MP today to see some of the great work that Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust is doing. Mary is a vocal supporter of the Trust and it’s easy to see why. Now in its 27th year, the Sports Trust offers a wide range of both sporting and educational opportunities to thousands of youngsters each year.
“Sport has a unique power to transform lives, beyond the immediate personal health benefits it delivers. I enjoyed speaking to the young apprentices and trainees working with the Sports Trust and hearing how their involvement has developed their ambition, drive and leadership skills.
“With Brentford FC riding high in the Championship right now, it was great to see how much the club puts back into the local community – and to hear about the exciting plans for the next chapter in the club’s history when the new stadium opens in Lionel Road.”
January 30, 2015