Takeover of Dee Valley Water by Severn Trent challenged

Llyr Gruffydd has urged OFWAT, the water regulator, to investigate the takeover of Dee Valley Water by Severn Trent Water.

Mr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales Assembly Member, said:

“This takeover raises several serious questions regarding jobs and services in north Wales. It has happened without consultation with the workforce, local community representatives and flies in the face of recent UK Government claims about handing over powers on water back to Wales.

“The specific issues that Severn Trent have to answer are:

  • guarantees that the jobs of the 190 Dee Valley Water employees will be maintained here in north Wales and not re-located to West Midlands or elsewhere.
  • guarantees to local companies such as Huws Gray, Dependable Concrete, Griffiths Tool Hire and Eco-Readymix, who are part of Dee Valley Water’s existing supply chain to service their operational activity in the Wrexham and Chester areas.
  • guarantees about the pensions of existing employees
  • assurances about the Living Wage. Dee Valley Water is an accredited Living Wage employee whereas Severn Trent is not.

“Dee Valley Water is a Welsh company with a long history going back to 1864 when it was founded in Wrexham and it has deep roots in the local area. It it an important part of the community in terms of its sponsorship and engagement as well as providing a service and good employment.

“I am writing to OFWAT to investigate the takeover proposal and also contacting Severn Trent about the concerns raised by Dee Valley workers in the wake of this news. It’s a very worrying development.”

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