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A group of residents at The Chase who have got together to campaign against the pollution of the Middleton Stop Drain have reported signs of improvement to the waterway.

Initiated by Barry Tomlin who visited the Lynn News with his concerns that the waterway was being polluted a number of measures were being taken by the Environment Agency (EA).

One was a 24/7 monitoring of the waterway, situated in a leafy green area used by many residents, near Tennyson Road in Lynn.

From left to right: Barry Tomlin, Marie Rawlins, residents from the area, Kevin Coyle and Chris Rawlins pictured at the Middleton stop drain in Lynn. (56917711)
From left to right: Barry Tomlin, Marie Rawlins, residents from the area, Kevin Coyle and Chris Rawlins pictured at the Middleton stop drain in Lynn. (56917711)

BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham gave his advice to the group about steps they could take collecting water samples themselves to have analysed, understanding that the EA have faced pressures with funding and resources following the pandemic.

Barry Tomlin wrote to the Lynn News recently and stated: "Dear Jenny Beake, I am delighted to write to you informing of a much improved water quality to the Middleton Stop Drain, no doubt due to the coverage and enquiries that you have given to the issue, many thanks for your interest and support.

"PS - it remains to be seen as to whether the improving situation will be maintained!"

Barry Tomlin has written to the Environment Agency about the state of the waterway. (56917720)
Barry Tomlin has written to the Environment Agency about the state of the waterway. (56917720)

A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: "We are pleased the measures we put in place are making a difference.

"We will continue to watch closely and use our resources in the most effective way to maximise benefits for the environment."

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