A curious set of priorities

A correspondent writes an open letter to Simon Jupp

Dear Simon,

I am very pleased that sewage pollution is being tackled in the immediate future in Sidmouth and Tipton St. John, but Simon, what criteria were used to choose these two locations?

I would have thought that the hours of sewage outfall would be the criteria.

Exmouth has over 2,000 hours of outfall into Lyme Bay and the Exe. Sidmouth just over 1,000 hours. I, therefore, would have thought that Exmouth should be prioritised.

(The Lib. Dems list of the 5 worst beaches in the country which lists Sidmouth ahead of Exmouth Revealed: Worst beaches for dumped sewage – is your nearest beach on the list? YES two! | East Devon Watch did worry me. Exmouth beach having less pollution than Sidmouth beach didn’t seem right. However, if the surrounding outfalls from the town are included Exmouth has twice the sewage outfall than Sidmouth)

And why choose Tipton St. John with 22 spills lasting 48 hours of pollution in 2021 into the small River Otter when upstream Honiton’s 2 main sewer storm overflow sites spilled 222 times for a total of 4759 hours, discharging into the River Otter?

South West Water seem to have a curious set of priorities.