VIDEO: Horton Burn Update
April 6, 2020
Following the latest incident of pollution into Cramlington’s Horton Burn, the local councillors for the area have issued an update on the situation.
Councillor Wayne Daley said “There have been a number of incidents of pollution over the last year – the most serious of which killed a colony of eels, all the fish and macrobiotic life in the burn. Recent detergent type discharges have gone in the burn and this has resulted in staff from Northumbrian Water tracing potential sources in the 16 miles of pipeworks leading into the burn from industrial estates in Cramlington.”
Northumbrian Water Limited have installed an additional 18 flotation booms within the surface water network and have identified which part of the industrial estate the pollution appeared to be coming from. They have asked local residents to continue to report any issues to them on 0345 717 1100.
Councillor Helen Welsh said “The condition of this burn is a major concern to us and, working with the investigators, we are determined to get to the bottom of this. I also ask people to please stop dumping rubbish near the burn as this has an adverse effect too. The Environment Agency plan to restock the burn with fish and eels but this cannot be done whilst discharges like these continue.”