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Parish councillor claims water is draining into churchyard

St Matthew's Church at Sutton Bridge. (2329272)
St Matthew's Church at Sutton Bridge. (2329272)

A Sutton Bridge parish councillor claims rainwater from Bridge Road is “illegally” discharged into St Matthew’s churchyard.

Coun Terry York says a ‘pond’ appears on the road outside the church following rain, leaving brides or funeral parties to walk through it.

He claims there are no proper gulleys or drains.

Coun York said: “The drainage goes down underneath the pavement and is discharged into the churchyard - that’s illegal, it’s against a Government Act.

“It’s illegal to discharge waste water of any description into a churchyard.”

Coun York said the parochial church council has written to county highways.

He said the boundary wall is being undermined by the water.

Coun York told members that allowing waste water to discharge in an area where there are graves could result in bacteria entering the water table.

County highways was asked for a comment but none was received in time for our deadline.


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