Council Motion: Scottish Sewage Scandal

Below is a Council Motion on sewage dumping in Scotland produced by the Scotland Campaigns Team.

Please use Version A if you are based in: Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth & Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire or West Lothian.

The data to complete the first line of the motion can be found here.

Please use Version B if you are based in any other local authority

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The motion is below and you can download a word version here.


Council notes official Scottish Water figures showing that sewage was dumped at least [INSERT SUM OF RELEVANT CELLS IN COLUMN E] times in [INSERT LOCAL AUTHORITY].


Council notes official Scottish Water figures showing that sewage was dumped at least 14,000 times across Scotland in 2022, an increase of 30% compared to 2021, but that no monitoring is conducted in [INSERT LOCAL AUTHORITY].


Understands that across Scotland only 4% of sewage overflow points are monitored (144 out of 3,614), compared to around 90% in England, so the actual figure will be much worse nationwide;

Council believes that the local environment and everyone who uses our rivers and beaches deserve the highest possible protection;

Notes calls from campaigners for every sewage dump to be properly recorded and published, the introduction of legally-binding targets for reducing these overflows, the upgrading of Scotland’s ageing sewage system, an end to dumping around Scotland’s best beaches and a faster process for the protection of bathing waters;

Council requests that the Council leader contacts both Scottish Water and the Scottish Government to endorse these calls, set out the council’s concern and to request an urgent update on the situation in [INSERT LOCAL AUTHORITY].

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