Boris Johnson: Ministerial ‘Dyno-Rod’ will sort out nitrates crisis

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said he believes there is “a way forward” on solving the nitrates crisis currently affecting the south coast of England.

Johsnon was responding to a question from Conserative MP Caroline Nokes, who represents Romsey and Southampton North, during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. 

Noakes said the need to prevent the build-up of green algae in the Solent means that local authorities such as Test Valley Borough Council “cannot grant planning permission for children’s homes and care facilities and to small self-builders”. 

“There is a blockage in the system; I urge my right honourable friend to get out his plunger and make sure that the DEFRA, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Natural England and the Environment Agency all work together to protect our waterways, to make sure that housing commitments can be met,” she said.

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