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Richmond slams Hillingdon for sewage dumping plans

  • March 22, 2024
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Richmond slams Hillingdon for sewage dumping plans

Richmond Council has condemned proposals for treated effluent to be dumped in the River Crane, risking the water quality of the river and the Local Nature Reserve which is home to endangered water voles and critically endangered European eels.

Hillingdon Council has applied to the Environment Agency for a licence to discharge treated sewage into the Crane from a cafe at Cranford Park. Richmond Council has submitted an objection to the application setting out the devastating impact it could have on the local environment, wildlife and on the community-led river restoration work which has been running for over 10 years.

 The Lower River Crane, which starts in Twickenham where the river splits into two channels and flows into the Thames, is made up of a variety of habitats including river and marginal wetland, open grassland and heath, woodland and scrub. These support a range of species including seven species of bat, water voles, kingfishers, European eels, tawny owls and many more key native plants and animals.

uropean eels are listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and are a species of principle importance for the purpose of conserving of biodiversity under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

Richmond Council is collaborating with the Environment Agency, Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE), ZSL and other partners to deliver a long-term river restoration and enhancement scheme on the Lower Crane which will remove barriers to fish migration and create suitable breeding habitats further up in the catchment.

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