Summertime and thoughts turn to the Stour. My children have swum in it today. And I would love there to be an outdoor bathing pool close to the village similar to that in Twyford.
Before we get that far, however, here are some thoughts from Barrie Neaves, Catchment Coordinator for East Kent at the Environment Agency:
The river is intrinsic to the village and is probably the reason the village is where it is. Unfortunately the river is not as healthy as it could be. Under the Water Framework Directive classifications the river is designated as BAD upstream of Wye (the worst possible state) and POOR downstream of the village. We are required to get rivers to GOOD status by 2027. Fortunately much has already been done or is planned to improve the river water quality. But there is much more to do.
Barrie has also written a more detailed briefing on the condition of the Stour which I’m adding here with his permission: 130820Stourwaterquality
(News story earlier this year on dying fish in the Ashford area.)