P-06-1281 Urgently stop raw sewage discharges into Barry's Old Harbour and Watchtower Bays



This petition was submitted by Robert Curtis, having collected a total of 1,633 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

We call on the Welsh Government to help stop raw sewage discharges into Barry's Old Harbour and Watchtower Bays. These discharges originate from combined sewer overflows and are discharging increasing amounts of sewage due to the increasing number of heavy rainfall events due to climate change.

This bay has recently been identified as a area which is supporting important wildlife and watchtower bay is regularly used by many cold water swimming groups and paddle-boarders and kayakers.


Additional Information:

We fully realise that untreated waste being released from combined sewer overflows is a national issue and will require large amounts of money to be invested into our struggling sewage network.

But we also believe that the Welsh public are increasingly becoming aware of this appalling pollution and want action to resolve this issue.

Alas vast amounts of untreated sewage is being increasingly released into the sea and frustratingly, there are no monitoring points in the bay ( yet there are monitoring points at Jacksons, Whitmore and the Knap bays).

We therefore call for it to be urgently added to Natural Resources Wales list of bathing water quality sampling points.

The Old Harbour and Watchtower bays are supporting both wildlife and people so should become a priority for Welsh Water investment.


white tower near body of water




This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 11/07/2022.


The Committee considered the petition and noted the growing concerns about the state of our rivers and the actions being taken by Senedd Committees, in plenary sessions, by Welsh Government and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

Members agreed to encourage the petitioners to pursue the process in place by the Welsh Government for people to apply to designate new areas of bathing waters, and agreed to share recently published report by the Climate Change Committee. In doing so, Members agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.


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 11/07/2022.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • South Wales Central


Further information


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 14/06/2022