Combined Sewer Overflows disconnected in North West of the UK

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Dear Environment Agency,
I would like to know how many Combined Sewer Overflows have been disconnected by order of the EA, across the North West of England over the last 15 years.

Yours faithfully,

Sean Kelly

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear National Requests,

I still await an answer to my question regarding combined sewer overflows and would remind you that, by law, you should normally respond promptly.

Is there a specific reason as to why my question has not yet been answered?

Yours sincerely,

Sean Kelly

National Requests, Environment Agency

Dear Sean,

Thank you for your email below and please accept our apology for the delay in our responding to your request.

I have chased the information requested this afternoon and will forward as soon as it is received.

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Jill Rhodes
National Request Team
Environment Agency

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Dear Sean,

 

Enquiry regarding Combined Sewer Overflows across the North West of
England.

 

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 27 June 2018.

 

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I apologise for the delay with this response.

 

Site types listed as North West region, referring to CSO with status
‘revoked’ in the period 6/6/2003 – date : total number 661.

 

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Dear National Requests,
Firstly, thank you for your latest response dated 19th July.

Firstly, unfortunately your response contains errors which I would like to clarify.

You state in your reply, that my enquiry was received by yourselves on the 27th June 2018, however you actually responded to me on the 11th June 2018, in order to inform me that you were dealing with my request for information??

I then had to send a reminder on the 29th June in order to chase up a response from yorselves, so you actually had my request for far longer than you have stated.

Secondly, in order to clarify your terminology, can you please confirm that the term 'revoked' as used in your response, means that these overflows are no longer in use and have been discontinued?

Yours Sincerely,

Sean Kelly

Yours sincerely,

Sean Kelly

National Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear Sean,

 

We provided the incorrect 'date received' in our response to you
yesterday.

 

We confirm your enquiry was received 30th May.

 

Your reminder email and our response to you on 29th June are also
recorded.

 

I have now passed your follow-up questions to our data provider and we
will provide further clarification for you as soon as possible.

 

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Dear Sean

 

The below gov.uk web page it has the legal definitions and the process
around revocations and surrenders;

 

[1]https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016...

 

Please see The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations
2016 - Chapter 3, provisions 22-24.

 

A very high level answer would be that they no longer have the correct
permissions in place (I.e. environmental permit) to operate the overflow.

 

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Dear National Requests,

Thank you for your latest response.

Yours sincerely,

Sean Kelly