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River pollution alert service extended
An online service updating the public
on major pollution incidents in six
London boroughs has been extended
from today to cover another 16 areas
of the capital and large parts of the
northern Home Counties.
Anyone with an interest in the
environment can sign-up for e-mail
alerts on how the Environment
Agency is responding to incidents,
including river pollution where
sewage or another substance has
entered the water.
The service has been tested since
March in Enfield, Hackney, Haringey,
N e w h a m , To w e r H a m l e t s a n d
Waltham Forest. Environment officers
are currently investigating one of the
worst pollution incidents to the River
Lee in recent memory. In February
2018, several thousand litres of waste
oil entered the Lee in Tottenham.
A joint clean-up from the Environment Agency and Canal and River
Trust removed 100,000 litres of contaminated water and 100 tonnes of
hazardous waste from the water. This
is the type of incident that the new
service will cover.
People who want to be kept posted
on incident management can simply
log on free of charge to and submit their
e-mail address.
They can select the river or rivers of
interest from around 80 in London,
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire,
Essex and Hertfordshire. The Environment Agency will then issue regular
updates. The number of e-mails sent
out will depend on the size and scale
of the incident.
Including all reports of suspected
pollution in London and the northern
Home Counties, from smells to fish in
distress, the Environment Agency
handled 55 incidents a month in the
year to August.
Sam Lumb, Area Director for the
Environment Agency in the northern
Home Counties and London north of
the Thames, said:
“We’re really pleased to be extending this popular service to those with
a keen interest in the environment. It
means the public can be informed
about major water pollution incidents
that might affect their property, business, wellbeing or their access to
“We have already run a test service
this year after several incidents in the
six London boroughs that have the
River Lee running through them –
Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Newham,
Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
“The feedback has been really positive, and a number of community
groups asked us to include their local
watercourse in the updates.”
If, after a six-month trial period, the
alerts have proved popular, there are
plans to extend the service in the
To report pollution incidents, call
the Environment Agency’s 24-hour
incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60. n
The Big One fishing shows
Farnborough and Stoneleigh 2020
The Big One fishing shows held at Stoneleigh and Farnborough are
unmissable events where you can shop at hundreds of tackle and bait
stands, and where brands and retailers will be offering great bargains
and advice. Enjoy entertainment with demos and advice from top
anglers on the Legends Stage.
This year saw Bauer Media launch a sister show to the UK’s biggest
fishing show The Big One whilst growing the flagship brand at Farnborough. Based in the Midlands, the new event filled the gap between
north and south and offered anglers a closer venue at Stoneleigh Park
with all the greatness of The Big One, and visitor feedback was positive.
2020 sees the two events switch with the Big One Midlands taking
place first on the weekend of 29th Feb-1st March and The Big One
Farnborough coming to town three weeks later on its normal weekend
of 21st-22nd March 2020.
The Big One team along with Vince Davies are working exceptionally hard to continually improve and evolve the events listening to visitor feedback.
Top highlights from the 2019 shows, which will be returning for 2020
due to popular demand, include the Legends Stage, which brought live
entertainment into the shows around a fabricated pond with a packed
schedule full of the angling world’s favourite fishing stars.
Another new feature at Farnborough was Lure Live, a dedicated
area for lure fishing fanatics with demonstrations from the world’s
leading anglers. Back for 2020, this area of the show will be packed
with likeminded anglers and boasts some of the world’s top lure companies, recognised experts and an interactive demonstration area
where you can learn how to get the best from this growing area of our
Tickets can be bought at


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