Press release

Environment Agency to hold Southend airport drop-in

A drop-in session is being held in Rochford to explain and discuss a proposal for surface water run-off from Southend Airport to discharge.


The operator of Southend Airport has applied to the Environment Agency for an environmental permit to discharge surface water run-off containing de-icer from its runway and taxiway into Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook which lead to the River Roach.

On Monday 9 June 2014 between 2pm and 7pm Environment Agency staff will be at the drop-in at the Rochford Hotel to discuss the proposals with people and explain their role in permitting and regulating this type of activity.

They will explain the details behind the permit application and how people can have their say in the consultation. The Agency has stressed that it will not be able to talk about issues outside its remit such as airport expansion, noise and traffic.

Environmental permits contain specific conditions and limits that must be complied with by the operators.

The Environment Agency’s role is to consider the environmental impacts of this run-off on the local watercourses and the surrounding environment.

Mike Webley, Team Leader at the Environment Agency said:

We appreciate that there are concerns about how the surrounding watercourses will be affected and we are therefore inviting people to come along and talk to us about the application. Their thoughts and concerns on the proposals will help in considering the outcome of the application.

The consultation period on this permit application ends on 20 June 2014.
At the drop-in people will be able to see the full application and make comments on it.

Comments on the permit application (EPR/HB3790ND/A001) should be sent to the Environment Agency’s National Permitting Service in Sheffield at either the postal or E-mail address below:

Permitting and Support Centre – Water Quality Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF or by email to:

Published 4 June 2014