VOTE: Anger as Witterings sewage pipes break for fourth time

Residents of Windmill Court and Church Road
Residents of Windmill Court and Church Road

RESIDENTS of the Witterings are calling for compensation claiming sewage issues affect their ‘quality of life’.

Broken sewer pipes have lead to constant disturbances for residents of retirement homes in Windmill Court and the surrounding roads this week as lorries sit on the road day and night, pumping out sewage – the fourth time this year Southern Water has contracted tankers to pump the sewage out.

Sewage has also been released into a stream to prevent overflow.

Brenda Oram, who lives on Church Road, said: “The lorries sit here for ten days at a time, 24 hours a day.

“It starts every April when the holidaymakers come down. The sewage system is old and it cannot cope.

“Why don’t they spend their money and sort the problem out rather than spending £100,000 on tankers each time the pipe breaks?”

Southern Water previously removed sewage from the pumping station in Church Road in January, April and June.

Carol Smith, of Green Court, said: “We have got the lorries right outside our window, with the noise and the lights; it is affecting our quality of life.”

A Southern Water spokesman said: “The sewer has burst as it passes below a stream which is making the repair a challenge.

“We expect to have it fixed in the next few days and apologise to customers for any disruption.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “As a result of the sewage system becoming overloaded, sewage had to be discharged into the water to prevent the risk of flooding to nearby properties. Due to dilution from rainfall, the impact on the surrounding environment was minimal. Tankers are currently controlling the flow to prevent any further discharge and we are not envisaging any further pollution.”

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