Sewage problems in Spalding costs Anglian Water £40,000 a month

Work to keep on top of sewage problems affecting 150 Spalding homes is costing Anglian Water £40,000 a month, according to the ward councillor.

South Holland district councillor Roger Gambba-Jones says the cost is attributed to a year’s remedial work which has seen Anglian Water visiting the properties in Wygate Park every day to stop effluent spilling into gardens.

Anglian Water has announced it will be completely upgrading the system, with improvements to the pumping station in Brendon Walk and pipes being resized or replaced, to give homeowners a “permanent fix”.

The overall cost is likely to be around £800,000, and work is expected to start in late January or early February.

Anglian Water held a public meeting at Spalding Primary School on Monday and on his online blog Coun Gambba-Jones said: “This is the second of two meetings that have been arranged at my prompting, so the company can inform residents of what progress has been made on find a permanent solution to the problems the area has been suffering with the local sewage system.

“Letters have been sent to residents of Brendon Walk, Mendip Close and Farthingales to inform them of what roadworks will be carried out that may effect them.

“Our last meeting was very successful and things actually got done as a result.”

As well as the remedial work, Anglian Water has replaced pipes and carried out temporary improvements following a fault in the sewerage system.

The vacuum system stopped sucking waste water from underground pots near residents’ properties, leaving workers having to pump it out manually and take it away in tankers.

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Gambba-Jones said there was a fairly low turnout, which he put down to communication problems and the time of year.

He said: “Anglian Water brought along a lot of information and display boards and the main people who are interested were able to get there and get some answers, so it was helpful from that point of view.

“The company’s plans are quite fluid and as opposed to the big bang repair job planned before, it will now be a staggered process which is not ideal but is a pragmatic approach from a money point of view.”