Dirty water causing big stink among residents

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 August 2012

Malcolm Ham in the area where stagnant water has been standing for over a month.

Malcolm Ham in the area where stagnant water has been standing for over a month.


STAGNANT standing water caused by drainage problems is creating a health hazard and a flood risk, according to residents living on a Weston estate.

People living near water building up on grassland by the railway line in Dunster Crescent on the Oldmixon estate are asking North Somerset Council to get the problem sorted.

Helen Bishop, aged 44, who lives beside the land, said: “It is really starting to stink. We have been waiting for something to be done but it has been going on for months and months now. It is getting beyond a joke.

“It is stagnant water that is starting to smell. I think it is a health hazard. When the dog bin gets full, people leave dog mess in the water and it becomes filthy, but children play in it.”

She said the water comes within a few feet of her door when it rains, potentially putting her property at risk.

She added: “It was about a foot deep outside our gate and it was completely impassable. Something needs to be done because it’s disgusting.”

Malcolm Ham, another nearby resident, said: “Nobody knows whose problem it is, whether it is the railway company or North Somerset Council.”

An email from North Somerset Council’s green spaces officer, Ed Mckay, sent to a resident said it could be up to six weeks before any work can be carried out.

It said: “The excessive amount of rain we have this summer is causing issue with water logging and flooding throughout the district and in this instance it’s not an easy fix and will take time to sort out.”

He also said the authority had sent a team to try to dissipate the puddle in the meantime, while contractors Aquablast prepared a quote for a new drainage system.

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