Sewers can’t cope
IN the controversy about the LDF there appears to be one vital issue which has not received proper consideration – the capacity of our sewer network to cope with the effluent from thousands of new homes.
Apart from the waste from domestic appliances there is the run-off from roofs and roads to take into account. Thousands of gallons of rain which are now absorbed into the soil will end up in the drains.
Already some of our sewers are strained to the limit. Just in the immediate vicinity of my home the hydraulic pressure increased by the heavy rain has forced up the covers of two manholes, sending gallons of raw sewage into the Mag Brook.
This is not an isolated occurrence. It happens at least once or twice a year and both Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency appear unable to do anything about it, although this is clearly a health hazard, as well as damaging our river ecosystem which has revived so well since mill effluent was reduced.
The impact of thousands of new houses has not been studied, not only in relation to sewage but to other infrastructural and environmental issues.
Green fields and trees are not merely a visual amenity, they are an essential part of the natural cycle of life. The more we replace them with concrete and tarmac the more the natural balance is disturbed, with incalculable consequences for the planet.
Vacant buildings and brown field sites should be used for housing before further destruction of our countryside is even contemplated.