Sewage nightmare for Portishead woman

A PORTISHEAD property owner is in despair after raw sewage leaked in to her apartment in the Port Marine area of the town.

A PORTISHEAD property owner is in despair after raw sewage leaked in to her apartment in the Port Marine area of the town.

Virginia Saunders, who lives in West Hill, purchased The Spinnaker at the end of September as a 'buy to let' project, but did not let it immediately as building work around the apartment block was still in progress.

But last month, Ms Saunders received a telephone call informing her that what appeared to be water was leaking out of her front door.

She said: "I immediately called round and as I opened the front door the stench hit me.


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"Excrement filled the toilet, the bath and the sink in the bathroom, it had then overflowed on to the floor and had spilled in to every room in the apartment, I was horrified.

"I notified the house builders who arranged for the cleaning of the apartment but my worry is how much has gone under the laminate flooring and partitioning walls."

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House builders Charles Church said the problem was caused by an obstruction in the drains and claim it must have been caused by someone in another apartment in the block so they cannot accept responsibility.

Ms Saunders then contacted the company responsible for the insurance and management of the apartment block but nobody has returned her call.

She said: "This problem needs assessing and sorting out quickly. It's costing me money now as I have turned away potential tenants, but I can't take the chance of letting the property and someone contracting something unpleasant from whatever may be lurking under the floor."

Geoffrey Robinson, from Remus Management, said: "We are now organising a specialist report in order to move forward the insurance claim for Ms Saunders. I am happy for the resident to contact me personally so that we can sort this matter out.

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