P-06-1263 Control pollution from agriculture in the parts of the Wye and Severn River located in Wales



This petition was submitted by Keith Clarke, having collected a total of 118 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

1. Introduce an immediate moratorium of any new intensive poultry units in the Wye and Severn catchment areas located in Wales.

2. Strictly control manure spreading according to the phosphate load in the ground

3. Monitor phosphate levels

4. Take legal action against any breaches of pollution legislation.


Additional Information:

Water quality and biodiversity has declined in both rivers in recent years because of high levels of nitrates and phosphates leading algae blooms. This has lead to a significant loss in biodiversity. Pollution from agricultural run off in particular that from intensive poultry units (IPUs) is the single most important cause of the increased pollution in these river systems. Stringent control of pollution from farms is urgently needed to prevent an ecological catastrophe.



This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 27/06/2022.


The Committee considered the petition and noted that the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee have recently done some detailed work on reviewing the regulations, and made 10 recommendations to Welsh Government. In light of the work that has already been undertaken on the issue, there is little further that the Committee can do. Members agreed to thank the petitioner and close the petition.


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 09/05/2022.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Montgomeryshire
  • Mid and West Wales


Further information

Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 28/03/2022