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The Farrington Gurney Parish Journal, September/October 2022

Parliament returns on 5th September after the summer recess.  It will be an interesting time as the result of the Conservative Party leadership election will be announced and we will have a new Prime Minister.

This summer we have all been affected by the heatwaves which have caused difficult conditions nationally and internationally. The lawn in front of Parliament has turned brown like so many others.

We are fortunate in this area not to be in drought status* and facing hosepipe bans as with so many other areas of the country. This is because of a number of factors, principally the local abundance of groundwater (which at over 75% is much better than the national average of 30%) but also the excellent management and investment by our local water company, Wessex Water.

Wessex water have reassured me that they are monitoring this situation closely, that they will take action where it is needed and are increasing their monitoring of abstraction and other hydrological assessments of the environment. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance:

*Correct when article was written.  The South West went into drought status on 30th August.

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