HTA asks industry to lobby MPs over water-use code

The HTA is urging its members to lobby their MPs on a proposed code of practice for water use ahead of the second reading of the draft Flood and Water Management Bill.

The water industry and Defra were tasked with developing a code of practice that ensured consistent and fair nationwide application of water restrictions. The code has yet to appear and the HTA is working with MPs to raise the issue at the second reading in the House of Commons on 15 December with a view to tabling an amendment at the committee stage in January.

HTA business development director Tim Briercliffe said: "The droughts of 2006 resulted in £12m in sales loss to the gardening industry. A code of practice that is specific and consistent across all water companies in the UK will provide a sound and practical approach in handling water restrictions."

The HTA, Turfgrass Growers Association and water efficiency group Waterwise have drawn up a code they wish to see included.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Living walls

Living walls

The benefits of green walls make them worth investigation by all green-space professionals, says Miranda Kimberley.

Business planning - improving productivity through training

Business planning - improving productivity through training

How to create a structured training programme for your staff to give your business a competitive edge, by Neville Stein.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

-Download the Digital Edition

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Products & Kit Resources

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space

Read Noel Farrer