Faeces in the Forth….?
Did you see the shocking recent report by The Ferret about Scottish beaches polluted by sewage? Portobello was one of them.
LLCC was concerned about the statistics as there have been issues in the past with beach pollution at Portobello connected to untreated sewage being released into the Forth from the Seafield plant. We felt it could be significant that the pollution was noticeably worse on Portobello West beach (ie. nearer to Seafield) than on the central beach. You can read our letter here, along with an extract from the original report.
Scottish Water have said that there is no link to Seafield Waste Water Treatment Plant. The official line is that sewage overflow is caused by heavy rain overwhelming the drainage system (they say overflow should be drained a mile out in the Forth, from a drainage pipe / tunnel, not near any beach). SEPA states that heavy rain washes animal faeces off the land into rivers / sea. LLCC has asked for further investigation.
MP for Edinburgh East Tommy Sheppard wrote to the Minister for the Environment at Holyrood about it, and you can read his letter here. Tommy Sheppard also said: “I’ve sent the attached letter to Mairi McAllan, the new Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform which I trust relates your concerns appropriately. My office has also sent a copy to SEPA for their information. I’ll of course update you on the response I receive”.