11 March 1998
MP accused of polluting water with slurry
A CONSERVATIVE MP appeared at Alton Magistrates Court accused of polluting a villages water supply sourced from a bore hole on his 345.21ha (853 acre) farm, in Tangley, Hampshire.
Michael Colving, MP for Romsey, and his foreman Ian Hewish deny causing farm effluent to pollute controlled waters at Home Farm, on 6 December 1996.
The court heard how 30 properties, supplied by the bore hole had to boil their
water for several weeks.
The prosecution said Environment Agency officials had found evidence of
slurry being spread only 200 metres from the bore hole.
- The Times 11/03/98 page 6