This water company must pay out over £1million towards green projects, to make up for past environmental offences

Its history of environmental offences has cost a water company over a million pounds, that will be used for green schemes within communities.

By Sally Burton
Friday, 21st June 2019, 2:43 pm
Updated Friday, 21st June 2019, 3:06 pm
Money for local environmental projects
Money for local environmental projects

The Environment Agency agreed a combined payment totalling £1,179,500 for historic environmental offences committed by Northumbrian Water Limited across four locations.  

Northumbrian Water accepted responsibility for the offences in County Durham, at West Cornforth, Crook Beck and Chilton, and two offences at Longbeck, Marske-by-the-Sea.

The acceptance of such as offer is often a direct alternative to prosecution, where the Environment Agency is satisfied that the offending by Northumbrian Water Limited wasn’t intentional.  

This money will be directed back in to environmentally focussed work in and around the area where the offences occurred. 

Local North East projects will receive donated sums as follows:

Chilton Primary Friends                                              £5,000

Durham Wildlife Trust                                                £145,000

Groundwork North East                                              £50,000

Industry Nature Conservation Association                 £50,500

Marine Conservation Society                                     £188,000

North East Environment Network                               £80,000

Tees Rivers Trust                                                        £253,000

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust                                           £308,000

The Tweed Forum                                                       £15,000

Wear Rivers Trust                                                       £85,000

Fiona Morris, environment planning and engagement manager with the EA in the North East, said:

“We feel Enforcement Undertakings are a more balanced response to dealing with these environmental offences. 

“The outcome is beneficial to the environment relevant to where the offence took place.  It will also help to change the behaviour of the company and focus on their activities. 

“This approach achieves more than if the company in question had been convicted and fined.

“We work hard to protect people and the environment, and a clear regulatory framework has helped to drive major environmental improvements throughout the region.”

To report an environmental issue, call 0800 80 70 60.