Thursday, July 14, 2022

Prison contractors want to discharge effluent into Welland tributary

The latest news on proposed second prison outside Market Harborough... 

Wates Construction Ltd, who would be the contractors if the project goes ahead, have applied for permission to discharge a remarkable 8640 cubic metres of "trade effluent" per day into a tributary of the Welland.

If you want to know more it seems you have to contact the Environment Agency to "arrange to see the application documents". Why can't they be online?

That page also gives details on how to lodge an objection to the application.

Remember there is a public meeting to oppose the new "super prison" at the Jubilee Hall, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough, tomorrow at 6.45pm.

And here is Harborough's MP, newly freed from ministerial responsibility, raising the question in the Commons.

I'm glad he's done so, but prison sentences have been getting longer for years. Do we really need them to be longer still?


Phil Beesley said...

8640 m^3 is an unusual volume, until you convert it to Imperial. It is 1.9 million Imperial Gallons, or 2 million minus 5% pipeline losses.

If you search for the string 'Wates Construction Limited +8640', you find that the construction company has used the two million gallon estimate in previous applications. It is reasonable to guess 'up to two million' is a project manager assumption based on the development size.

What is 'trade effluent'? My understanding is that the water companies consider it to be business waste which does not need special treatment.

It's your neighbourhood, Jonathan; any reason to believe that the development site might have suffered ground pollution? Assuming there is negligible ground pollution, it is most likely that the developers will be pumping off ground water mixed with some run-off from concrete mixing etc.

Planning documents will not have been published because it is a prison and normal rules do not apply.

Jonathan Calder said...

I wasn't looking for a plan of the proposed prison's sewers, but the public needs to know which stream is being talked about and where the effluent will enter it.

Besides, if the case for the prison is that "we need longer sentences" then I remain against the whole project.