Edward Davey MP addresses Friends of Seething Wells public meeting

On Thursday 8 November Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey addressed a packed public meeting, organised by the Friends of Seething Wells about why he believes that the planning application to develop the Filter Beds site in Surbiton should be refused.

Edward Davey spoke about the importance of the heritage of the site and thanked the community for the ongoing support which they have been giving to the Friends of Seething Wells.

This meeting featured a number of other guest speakers including local Councillor Liz Green who spoke about how she believed the current plans were not suitable for the site.  Other speakers discussed the unique ecology of the site, the case for lottery heritage funding to purchase the site and the history of the site and its importance in the discovery of the fact that Cholera was a water-borne disease.  The disastrous impact on the many local users of the river in Surbiton was also set out in alarming clarity.

Commenting on the meeting, Edward Davey MP said;

“Firstly I would like to congratulate the Friends of Seething Wells for organising such an informative and well attended public meeting.

“That so many people attended this meeting on a cold Thursday evening in November really shows the strength of public feeling about this application.

“It is clear to me that this application is not suitable for the site and will not respect either the heritage or the unique ecological composition of the site.

“I will continue to support the Friends of Seething Wells and the local community in their opposition to this planning application and I will help in whichever way I can.”