Badenoch MSP to Welcome Water Petitioners to Parliament

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday May 18 2017

Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes is set to welcome campaigners, who are concerned about the water supply in part of the Highlands, to the Scottish Parliament next week

On Thursday 25 May, the Public Petitions Committee will take evidence from Caroline Hayes as she presents a petition that calls on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review the role of the Drinking Water Quality Regulator and commission independent research into the safety of the chlorination of drinking water.

There have been complaints from locals in Strathspey and Badenoch about taste and quality after Scottish Water opened a new water treatment works in the area five years ago.

Kate Forbes MSP has already written to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, raising the issue, and intends to support her constituents by attending the session in front of the Holyrood committee.

The Badenoch MSP said:

“I am pleased to welcome Badenoch residents to the Scottish Parliament next week as they give evidence to the Petition’s Committee about the quality of the water supply.

“I am aware that some of the local residents have had serious concerns about the smell and effects of the water since the source was changed, despite Scottish Water’s endeavours to alleviate those concerns.

“This will enable the petitioners to raise their concerns on a national stage and the committee will suggest next steps.”

Kate Forbes MSP continued:

“It is clear that we need expert opinion on this issue and that is why it is important that there was a meeting between Scottish Water’s Chief Operating Officer Peter Farrer and NHS Highland’s Consultant in Public Health Medicine.

“As I understand it, it was decided at the meeting to continue to review data.

“I hope that we can resolve this matter as soon as possible, as it is clear that some residents have had a really unpleasant experience with the quality of the water.”

 

 

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