Sewage forced into the streets as drainage system fails to cope

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 October 2016

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

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Two villages' streets are overflowing with sewage as their drainage systems are failing to cope.

North Somerset Council recently approved outline planning permission to build 184 houses in Langford, despite mass objections from the community.

Churchill and Langford Residents Action Group (CALRAG) is concerned about the impact the new houses will have on the villages’ already-stretched drainage and sewer system.

Villagers have reported sewage coming up through the drains and into the streets in recent months.

A spokesman from CALRAG told the Mercury: “Sewage has been forced up into the roads and this represents a very serious breach of health and safety regulations.

“The proposed new building developments will only exacerbate these existing drainage problems.”

Outline planning permission has been granted to build 141 houses in Pudding Pie Lane and 43 houses in Says Lane, both in Langford.

The two developments will help deal with the housing supply problem identified by the West of England Partnership, which will see thousands of houses being built across the region.

CALRAG raised its concerns with Wessex Water, which deals with the area’s water mains, following the application’s approval.

The company then wrote to the council to propose a new sewer to support the developments.

A spokesman from the company said: “The existing sewage main has inadequate hydraulic capacity and is liable to internal and external foul flooding.”

A replacement scheme will be completed in two stages – firstly by clearing the existing sewer, then building a new system – though no time scale has yet been decided.

Flood risk assessments were submitted alongside the applications to help the council decide whether a drainage scheme can be provided for the site.

A council spokesman said: “The council checks appropriate provision for drainage is made to ensure the risk of flooding elsewhere is not increased.”

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