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Southern Water donates to charity

A water company has donated £2,000 to charity to apologise for disruption.


To thank residents for their patience and understanding while bathing water improvement work has taken place in Selsey, Southern Water and partner MGJV donated the cash to the Selsey Care Shop to help with their work supporting the local community.


The shop is an innovative project which operates from a base in the High Street and other organisations such as community groups, businesses and churches with activities like befriending schemes and carers support.


Dr Mike Nicholls, chairman of Selsey Community Forum, which operates the Selsey Care Shop, said: “Selsey Community Forum charity is very grateful for this unexpected and generous donation which will assist us to run the 120 social interaction activities each year, bringing people together and continue to offer a listening ear in the Care Shop.”


The water company is investing millions of pounds in improvements over the next couple of years to improve bathing water quality at Selsey.


Detailed investigations have already been carried out by Southern Water at Selsey, including environmental analysis, testing and modelling, water quality sampling and DNA testing, asset surveys, surface water assessments and watercourse walkovers.


Senior project manager for the bathing water improvement scheme, Chris O’Grady, said: “The work to install the sewer is an important part of the £2million we’re investing in Selsey to help improve the town’s bathing waters, which we hope will help boost tourism and therefore the local economy, too.


“However, we understand the work has been disruptive and caused dismay among some Selsey residents, so we’re delighted to give this contribution in recognition of the inconvenience our work has caused. We’re delighted the money will be helping to further improve Selsey residents’ lives.”


Mike Clegg, contracts manager at MGJV, said: “The works have been challenging and our team have worked closely with the residents to reduce the impact.


“We wish to thank the local residents for their understanding and patience with the disruption caused to their lives.“

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