Conservatives' secure rethink of Faringdon sewage plans

On the back of the visit by Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment Mr Richard Ottaway MP organised by Councillor Matthew Barber and Wantage Conservative Spokesman Ed Vaizey a meeting was held between Faringdon Conservative County Councillor Judy Heathcoat, Tim Fane of Faringdon Environmental Action Group John Sexton Managing Director of Thames Water and Ed Vaizey regarding Thames Waters plans to build a new sewage treatment works in Faringdon. The outcome of the meeting was a decision by Thames Water to re-think their original plans. Speaking in the Abingdon Herald Thames Water spokesman Andrew Boyd said “We have decided to call a temporary halt to our plans and re-evaluate them. We listened to the debate at the Council meeting and in the last few months have held several meetings with local people as well as receiving a petition from residents opposed to proposals. As a result of the various discussions we feel it best look again at peoples concerns and the project as a whole”. Speaking after the meeting Wantage Conservative spokesman Ed Vaizey said “We are delighted that Thames Water has listened to us. Thames Water could not have been more open and frank. They have agreed to a full review looking at all the options and we look forward to working with them But the campaign must continue Faringdon still remains as one of Thames Water’s proposed sites we must not drop our guard.