Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, is encouraging all constituents to have their say on how water provider, Anglian Water, spends their money.
It is launching a seven-week consultation to see where bill payers think its priorities should lie at a challenging time for the region.
Next year the company’s regulator, Ofwat, will decide how much Anglian is allowed to raise from bills until the end of the decade. The company must make its case, laying out the areas it believes need investment and it needs customers’ views to help draw up its business plan.
Peter Simpson, Anglian Water’s Managing Director, said: “What our customers tell us really will influence our investment plans and the size of customers’ bills over the next five years. The more people that take part, the more weight their opinions will carry.”
He added: “We face a huge range of challenges, not just as a water company but as a region. We are on the frontline in the fight against climate change, with some of the driest and lowest lying parts of the UK. Our region’s population is growing fast while the amount of water available remains the same and may even decline.”
Thousands of customers have already been approached for their views and these have helped to shape this consultation. Many were surprised by how much more there is to water than they’d thought, so a booklet and a website have been created to give people the information they need.
Called ‘Discover, Discuss, Decide,’ it explains the challenges and choices Anglian Water faces right across its business.
Local MP, Stephen Metcalfe commented: “This is an opportunity for local people to have their say on a service that affects everyone in South Basildon and East Thurrock.”
“Anglian Water are extremely keen to hear from residents and I would encourage everyone to have their say in how the water provider spends its money in the future. Please don’t miss an opportunity to make your voice heard!”
The consultation runs until March 10th and you can take part now by visiting www.discoverdiscussdecide.co.uk