The matter is – phosphates in the Newbridge Stream which flows into the Arrow which flows to the Lugg and then into the River Wye.
The phosphates come mainly from human and animal waste and fertilizer run -off, from the catchment area of the River Lugg and its tributaries, and are a pollutant threatening the River Wye. This is why two way traffic lights are in place in the Kington Road, Weobley and will be there until February next year allowing construction traffic to exit safely from the proposed £3.3 million 3 stage filtering plant planned by Welsh Water (DŴR CYMRU), which with the use of reed beds at other locations should reduce the pollution that has held up new planning applications in the area for some considerable time.
Over the past year there have been 63 storm water discharges into the Newbridge brook at Weobley lasting a total of 186 hours 45 minutes according to official figures. We hope this investment and other measures within the catchment area will reduce phosphate pollution and its effects.