ASDA backs down over plan to dump sewage in Ferring

FOLLOWING intense public criticism over a superstore’s plan to dump sewage into a Ferring waterway, ASDA has announced it will now connect to the main sewage system instead.

Over the past few weeks, the Herald has reported on how the firm’s plans for its new store on the A259 at Ferring included pumping effluent into Ferring Rife – considered by many to be an area of environmental significance.

Chris Martin, ASDA senior property communications manager, said: “We said from the outset of our consultation that this would be an open process and we would be listening and learning from the feedback we received.

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“Whilst we remain confident that the on-site sewerage solution is a suitable way to address the challenge of our site being off the main sewerage network, it was clear to us that this was not the preference of residents.

“We said we would listen to feedback and we have done just that.”

See next week’s Worthing Herald (March 8) for more on this story and reaction from Ferring residents.