Gareth Williams is working hard to protect our precious chalk streams and waterways. During rivers week, Gareth organised for Environment Minister Rebecca Pow MP, along with other Buckinghamshire MP’s, local environmental partners and charities to see the work being done to improve water quality locally.
They visited the Thames Water sewage treatment works where £15 million is being invested to increase capacity by 50%, reduce phosphorus levels and cut water abstraction. £3million is going into boosting biodiversity, water quality and better access for local communities.
Gareth said ‘This is a long term project that many amazing volunteers and local organisations are working together on. It represents a really great template for how our chalk streams can be improved by a focus on the whole river catchment areas and I’m delighted to be a part of it. I am very glad that, through the Minister’s and MP’s visit, we were able to make the case for expanding this kind of project more widely to other areas. I am glad to see that the new Levelling Up Bill contains protections for our chalk streams. As England is home to 85% of all chalk streams, restoring these habitats must continue to be a government priority.’
Gareth is the strong voice we need to make sure Chesham and Amersham receives the focus and attention it deserves. He will continue to campaign for more investment into our water, infrastructure, and welcomes the government’s commitment to cleaning up our rivers.