Victorian Christmas Market
6 – 8pm on 26 November at the Parish Hall
PUMP HUNT FOR SEWAGE STATION OWNERS
Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers
- Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds
- Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations
Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations.
The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar.
New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company.
The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.
Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them.
“We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”
A sewer pumping station is likely to be ‘adopted’ by Thames Water if it:
- was in use before July 2011 (and)
- serve a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or)
- serves two or more properties
More information: www.thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt
The Ropley – Update
At the last Parish Council meeting (October 2015), the Agent of the owners of the Shapla spoke of their proposed plans to build a single storey extension on the eastern end of the building in preparation to create a “family oriented” pub.
It is apparent that the owners of the Shapla have experience of running similar pubs and have taken a long term lease on the Ropley.
The proposal will, of course, be subject to securing the requisite planning permissions and only then will building works commence.
The new leaseholders have informed us that The Ropley will re-open as a “fine dining Thai Restaurant and Wine Bar” in the Spring of 2016 and we have been assured that the Ropley will also continue to provide traditional pub facilities to cater for all comers. In the meantime, the Community Interest Company will endeavour to interface with the leaseholders to best ensure their ongoing success, in particular with regular custom from Ropley Parishioners.
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