Travellers illegally tapping water supply led to £7,000 bill, says Kettering MP

Philip Hollobone MP
Philip Hollobone MP

Kettering’s MP has asked ministers to intervene over a constituent’s £7,000 water bill he says is the result of Travellers illegally using the supply.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday (Thursday, March 27), Philip Hollobone asked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to help find a solution, adding that the police and the water company had not been able to sort the situation out.

Mr Hollobone said: “One of my rural constituents in Kettering has just received a £7,000 water bill, owing to Travellers and Gypsies illegally tapping into the water supply.

“Anglian Water says that it can do nothing, the police are um-ing and ah-ing, and there have been threats of intimidation against the constituent concerned.

“Will the Secretary of State or the Minister with responsibility for water kindly agree to meet me and my constituent so that we can resolve this dreadful situation?”

Mr Paterson advised the MP to contact Water Minister Dan Rogerson immediately, adding: “We will take it up and see how we can help.”