Southern Water dumps controversial ÂŁ600m desalination plant – to the delight of New Forest East MP Julian Lewis – England

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a ÂŁ600m water plant at Fawley have been dumped by Southern Water.

It has confirmed it will not be proceeding with a proposed desalination facility at Ashlett Creek to safeguard against water shortages after a “wide-ranging and collaborative assessment”.

The news was welcomed by New Forest East MP Julian Lewis – who had been vocally opposed to the plan.