Reports of water pollution in Alexandra Park Hastings and its catchment areas

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Dear Environment Agency,

Environment Agency data shows high levels of EColi and EI pollution in the catchment areas of the Alexandra Park watercourses.

The west confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023 and 2010. Around 21% of samples(56 samples out of 262 samples) that exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for inland waterways (Ecoli > 900 or EI > 330). 7% (19 samples) exceeded these limits 6 fold. On the 20/06/19 Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000!
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The East Confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023 and 2010. 95% of the samples exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for inland waterways (Ecoli > 900 or EI > 330). 68% exceeded these limits 6 fold. Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000 6 times. Peaking at 620,000 on the 12/10/2022.
https://environment.data.gov.uk/water-qu...

For the period between 2010 to date for the watercourses/ponds that feed the East and West Confluences of Alexandra Park and the watercourses /ponds downstream of these confluences. including the Ore stream and Old Roar Gill. Please supply under EIR:

1. The number of times Southern Water has reported pollution in these watercourses to the EA

2. The number of times Hastings Borough Council has reported pollution in these watercourses to the EA

3. The number of times pollution has been reported in these watercourses by other parties to the EA

4. Details of all such reports including the date, location, nature of the pollution, results of water quality testing and measures taken to resolve.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Hurrell

SSD Enquiries, Environment Agency

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From: Chris Hurrell <[3][FOI #1013588 email]>
Sent: 09 August 2023 10:31
To: National Requests <[4][Environment Agency request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Reports of water pollution in
Alexandra Park Hastings and its catchment areas

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

Environment Agency data  shows high levels of EColi and EI pollution in
the catchment areas of the Alexandra Park watercourses.

 

The west confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. Around 21% of samples(56 samples out of 262 samples)   that
exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for inland waterways (Ecoli > 900
or EI > 330). 7% (19 samples) exceeded these limits 6 fold.  On the
20/06/19 Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000!

[5]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

The East Confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. 95% of the samples exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for
inland  waterways (Ecoli > 900 or EI > 330). 68% exceeded these limits 6
fold. Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000 6 times. Peaking at
620,000 on the 12/10/2022.

[6]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

For the period between 2010 to date for the watercourses/ponds  that feed
the East and West Confluences of Alexandra Park  and the watercourses
/ponds downstream of these confluences. including the Ore stream and Old
Roar Gill. Please supply under EIR:

 

1.      The number of times Southern Water has reported pollution in these
watercourses to the EA

 

2.      The number of times Hastings Borough Council has reported
pollution in these watercourses to the EA

 

3.      The number of times pollution has been reported in these
watercourses by other parties to the EA

 

4.      Details of all such reports including the date, location, nature
of the pollution, results of water quality testing and measures taken to
resolve.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Chris Hurrell

 

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From: Chris Hurrell <[7][FOI #1013588 email]>
Sent: 09 August 2023 10:31
To: National Requests <[8][Environment Agency request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Reports of water pollution in
Alexandra Park Hastings and its catchment areas

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

Environment Agency data  shows high levels of EColi and EI pollution in
the catchment areas of the Alexandra Park watercourses.

 

The west confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. Around 21% of samples(56 samples out of 262 samples)   that
exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for inland waterways (Ecoli > 900
or EI > 330). 7% (19 samples) exceeded these limits 6 fold.  On the
20/06/19 Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000!

[9]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

The East Confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. 95% of the samples exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for
inland  waterways (Ecoli > 900 or EI > 330). 68% exceeded these limits 6
fold. Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000 6 times. Peaking at
620,000 on the 12/10/2022.

[10]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

For the period between 2010 to date for the watercourses/ponds  that feed
the East and West Confluences of Alexandra Park  and the watercourses
/ponds downstream of these confluences. including the Ore stream and Old
Roar Gill. Please supply under EIR:

 

1.      The number of times Southern Water has reported pollution in these
watercourses to the EA

 

2.      The number of times Hastings Borough Council has reported
pollution in these watercourses to the EA

 

3.      The number of times pollution has been reported in these
watercourses by other parties to the EA

 

4.      Details of all such reports including the date, location, nature
of the pollution, results of water quality testing and measures taken to
resolve.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Chris Hurrell

 

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Dear SSD Enquiries,

Thanks for the update.

To minimise the time required to deal with this request please change my request to be :

For the period between 2010 to date for the watercourses/ponds that feed the East and West Confluences of Alexandra Park and the watercourses /ponds downstream of these confluences. including the Ore stream and Old Roar Gill. Please supply under EIR:

1. The number of times Southern Water has reported pollution in these watercourses to the EA by year

2. The number of times Hastings Borough Council has reported pollution in these watercourses to the EA by year

3. The number of times pollution has been reported in these watercourses by other parties to the EA by year

Please advise if this request is acceptrable.
If still considered to time consuming please explain why and advise how it can be refined to make it acceptable.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Hurrell

SSD Enquiries, Environment Agency

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Dear Chris, 

 

Thank you for your email dated 09 August 2023. 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

Please find attached our response.

 

Please refer to the [1]Open Government Licence which explains the
permitted use of this information. 
 

Kind regards, 

 

 

 

From: Chris Hurrell <[2][FOI #1013588 email]>
Sent: 09 August 2023 10:31
To: National Requests <[3][Environment Agency request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Reports of water pollution in
Alexandra Park Hastings and its catchment areas

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

Environment Agency data  shows high levels of EColi and EI pollution in
the catchment areas of the Alexandra Park watercourses.

 

The west confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. Around 21% of samples(56 samples out of 262 samples)   that
exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for inland waterways (Ecoli > 900
or EI > 330). 7% (19 samples) exceeded these limits 6 fold.  On the
20/06/19 Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000!

[4]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

The East Confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. 95% of the samples exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for
inland  waterways (Ecoli > 900 or EI > 330). 68% exceeded these limits 6
fold. Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000 6 times. Peaking at
620,000 on the 12/10/2022.

[5]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

For the period between 2010 to date for the watercourses/ponds  that feed
the East and West Confluences of Alexandra Park  and the watercourses
/ponds downstream of these confluences. including the Ore stream and Old
Roar Gill. Please supply under EIR:

 

1.      The number of times Southern Water has reported pollution in these
watercourses to the EA

 

2.      The number of times Hastings Borough Council has reported
pollution in these watercourses to the EA

 

3.      The number of times pollution has been reported in these
watercourses by other parties to the EA

 

4.      Details of all such reports including the date, location, nature
of the pollution, results of water quality testing and measures taken to
resolve.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Chris Hurrell

 

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Dear Chris, 

 

Thank you for your email dated 09 August 2023. 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

 

Please find attached our response.

 

Please refer to the [1]Open Government Licence which explains the
permitted use of this information. 
 

Kind regards, 

 

 

Customers & Engagement Team
Solent and South Downs Area
Environment Agency | Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West
Sussex, BN11 1LD
[2][email address]
National Customer Contact Centre : 03708 506 506
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From: Chris Hurrell <[8][FOI #1013588 email]>
Sent: 09 August 2023 10:31
To: National Requests <[9][Environment Agency request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Reports of water pollution in
Alexandra Park Hastings and its catchment areas

 

Dear Environment Agency,

 

Environment Agency data  shows high levels of EColi and EI pollution in
the catchment areas of the Alexandra Park watercourses.

 

The west confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. Around 21% of samples(56 samples out of 262 samples)   that
exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for inland waterways (Ecoli > 900
or EI > 330). 7% (19 samples) exceeded these limits 6 fold.  On the
20/06/19 Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000!

[10]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

The East Confluence in Alexandra Park had 262 samples taken between 2023
and 2010. 95% of the samples exceeded the poor bathing quality levels for
inland  waterways (Ecoli > 900 or EI > 330). 68% exceeded these limits 6
fold. Ecoli was measured at greater than 100,000 6 times. Peaking at
620,000 on the 12/10/2022.

[11]https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlo...

 

For the period between 2010 to date for the watercourses/ponds  that feed
the East and West Confluences of Alexandra Park  and the watercourses
/ponds downstream of these confluences. including the Ore stream and Old
Roar Gill. Please supply under EIR:

 

1.      The number of times Southern Water has reported pollution in these
watercourses to the EA

 

2.      The number of times Hastings Borough Council has reported
pollution in these watercourses to the EA

 

3.      The number of times pollution has been reported in these
watercourses by other parties to the EA

 

4.      Details of all such reports including the date, location, nature
of the pollution, results of water quality testing and measures taken to
resolve.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Chris Hurrell

 

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Dear SSD Enquiries,

Thanks for your email.
Please supply the infomation in a spreadsheet as suggested in your email:

"we could provide you with a spreadsheet showing the details of all incidents within a 2km
radius of the central point in the Alexandra Park river catchment which would involve a considerably less
use of our resource. The spreadsheet would include the following information:
1) EA Incident report No.;
2) Date of the report;
3) Description of the report;
4)The name of the reporter if from a public body or limited company but excluding any individuals
details as prohibited the Data Protection Act;
5) The grid reference of the report."

Yours sincerely,

Chris Hurrell

SSD Enquiries, Environment Agency

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