This is an interesting read about the work that Hastings Borough Council, the Environment Agency and Southern Water is doing in Alexandra Park in Hastings. For the full article please click on the following link: Rye Observer – Alexandra Parkarticle
Did you know that wet wipes and cooking oils contribute to about 75 per cent of all drain and sewer blockages in the UK?
These blockages can cost families hundreds of pounds to clear and significant blockages can cause toilets, sinks and baths to overflow inside homes, causing extensive damage which is extremely distressing.
If the sewer floods externally it can pollute watercourses and the environment.
That’s why water companies ask customers to only flush the three Ps – pee, poo and paper. Anything else should be put in the bin.
Wet wipes are one of the biggest culprits. Even wipes described as “flushable” cause blockages and the biodegradable ones often don’t spend long enough in the sewer to start to decompose.
Another pain in the drain which causes blockages are cooking oils, even vegetable and nut oils, which are poured down kitchen sinks.
These solidify as they cool and can block people’s private pipes as well as the public sewers, leading to flooding.
Small amounts of cooking oil can easily be disposed of by wiping pans with paper towels which can then be thrown in the bin.
Oil can also be transferred into plastic bottles, once they have cooled, before being thrown away or taken to a local tip to be recycled into biofuel.
For more information on what you can do to avoid nasty blockages and protect your home and the environment from flooding, visit
Hastings’ beaches are at risk of failing to meet EU water standards this year, according to a warning issued by the Environment Agency.
Hastings was named as one of 25 UK seaside towns not expected to meet the new, stricter EU bathing water standards, with the Environment Agency stating the area’s bathing water is ‘subject to short-term pollution’.
A 10-tonne ‘fatberg’ measuring 40-metres-long has been removed from a sewer under a street in Chelsea, west London.
The Chelsea fatberg was so heavy it broke the pipe in the 1940s sewer under Draycott Avenue and Walton Street in March, leaving Thames Water with a £400,000 repair bill.
The water company has replaced 22 metres of broken sewer with new piping and still has another 17 metres to repair.
The team has been forced to dig down by hand to avoid damaging the other pipes in the earth below the street, making the task even more time-consuming.
Thames Water said this particular fatberg weighed the equivalent of five Porsches.
Fatbergs usually consist of solidified fat, wet wipes, sanitary items and household waste and have become something of a plague on British sewers in recent years.
A spokesperson for the Thames Water told The Independent the congealed masses are caused by people flushing things down toilets and sinks which they shouldn’t, such as cooking fats, oils and wet wipes.
“Wet wipes are particularly nasty when people flush them down the toilets, not just in Chelsea but all across region,” he said.
“When all these things come together in our sewers, wet wipes stick to fat and anything that is flushed down toilets that shouldn’t be, like nappies and sanitary items.
“Over time it builds up and builds up and then we are left with what we call a ‘fatberg’.
“The original sewer in Chelsea has been so badly abused by fat being chucked down the plughole we have had to opt for the time consuming and disruptive option of replacing many metres of pipe. I’d urge people to consider what lurks beneath their feet – and when it comes to getting rid of fat – ‘bin it – don’t block it’.”
Thames Water said “blockage hotspots” in London include Ealing, Hounslow and Harrow, while it has dealt with 200,000 blockages across the UK.
So far we have managed to be present for two beach cleans before Spring and now we have some excited news. We have our own Beach Clean on Sunday 10th May 2015 in Hastngs and we will join The Marine Conservation Society and M&S on one of their beach cleans on the 12th May 2015 at Glyne Gap.
If you would like to get involved using your Sunday morning on one of the most spectacular beaches please contact us either on facebook or
Cathrine Bach on either firstname.lastname@example.org or 07527622725.