street’s sewage ordeal

Diana Holt had been away for the weekend and got back to find raw sewage in her back garden - sanitary towels, poo, toilet paper, baby wipes etc.
Diana Holt had been away for the weekend and got back to find raw sewage in her back garden - sanitary towels, poo, toilet paper, baby wipes etc.

A LONG-RUNNING saga with drains in a Bury St Edmunds street left a pensioner with raw sewage pumping into her gardens.

Seventy-one-year-old Diana Holt was greeted by the sight of human excrement, toilet paper, sanitary towels and baby wipes when she pulled into her driveway in Hervey Road at around 4pm on Sunday.

“I sat and cried, it was a worry because you think is this raw sewage going to come into my house,” said Mrs Holt.

Anglian Water has promised a CCTV examination of the problem, which residents say have been going on for five years, to determine whether it has been caused by roots of trees growing along the street.

It cleared the blockage in her drain on Monday but Mrs Holt, a keen gardener, says she was told the mess might have to stay until Friday.

“I didn’t sleep a wink all night, I was too afraid to use anything and wanted a shower,” she said.

On Monday, at the request of a council environmental health officer, Anglian Water arrived to clean up.

Neighbour Marion Ashton said: “We’ve had problems with sewage coming back from the road on and off for about five years.”

Wayne Thompson, who lives in the street, said there had been problems last October.

“Anglian Water finally agreed to come and cut all the roots out of the drain – they should have sleeved it but they didn’t so we’re waiting for it to happen again, he said.”

Another householder said: “It’s not acceptable just to resolve the individual cases, the underlying problem needs urgent attention.” said one resident, who did not want to be named.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience and distress caused.”