Praise for Eileen from water bosses

PUBLISHED: 15:51 19 December 2011

COULD North Devon see a reduction in its water bills?

COULD North Devon see a reduction in its water bills?


Water bosses have thanked an Exmouth councillor for her 20-year campaign which has helped lead to a cut in water rates by an average of 10 per cent from 2013.

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed in his autumn statement two weeks ago that the government would subsidise the bills of domestic customers in South West Water’s (SWW) service area- including Exmouth - by £50 a year.

SWW directors have thanked Councillor Eileen Wragg, who since 1991, has campaigned for a deal for consumers and awarded her South West Water’s Pure Award for service.

The average annual household bill for water and sewerage in the region is expected to increase by 5.1 per cent to £517 – this from 2013, which will now be reduced by £50.

The Walker Review, in 2009, highlighted the huge environment costs which South West customers, who make up just three per cent of the population, have borne to pay for the protection of a third of the nation’s bathing waters since 1989 – bathing waters enjoyed by holiday makers from all round the country.

Cllr Wragg was on a panel of four activists interviewed by Newsnight on the campaign in 1994, and she was involved in the Anna Walker Review of water charges in Devon and Cornwall, published in December 2009 and she serves on the Fresh Start Fund Governance Board.

Monica Read said: “It has taken a lot of work over many years by elected representatives such as yourself, local MPs, the company, consumer groups and the media to get these issues to the attention of senior members of the Government. It is a very pleasing result for households in the South West.”

While SWW chief executive Christopher Loughlin said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and dedication.”

Councillor Wragg said: “It is pleasing to learn that SWW’s customers will be benefiting by £50 per year, but it’s a drop in the ocean after such a long time.”

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