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Anglian Water bosses branded 'diabolical' - with issues in Holbeach, Spalding, Weston Hills, Pinchbeck, Sutton St Edmund

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Bosses at Anglian Water have been branded ‘diabolical’ - with communities across our area battling long running issues.

A sewer saga in Boston Road South, Holbeach - that has already cost £375,000 and is still not fixed - is just one of a number of problems across South Holland.

Spalding’s Park Road has been suffering from a string of closures - as has Glenside South in Pinchbeck, which now needs ‘extremely extensive repairs’ to an ageing water main.

Repairs continue in Boston Road South Holbeach (58270237)
Repairs continue in Boston Road South Holbeach (58270237)

A decades-long battle to fix flooding in Weston Hills is still not over, while residents in Sutton St Edmund have recently been suffering from low water pressure.

The company also this week shut the busy junction of Woolram Wygate and Pinchbeck Road in Spalding for water leak repairs.

Long-serving district councillor Anthony Casson - who has raised Weston Hills’ woes since the 1980s - branded the service as ‘diabolical’.

He said: “It’s not good enough. What are they doing to solve the problems?

“They are getting connection fees for new properties but what are they doing with all that money they are collecting and not upgrading anything?”

While the ongoing saga of Boston Road South in Holbeach is one of the costliest and most high profile issues, here's a look at the other areas and the issues they face as Anglian Water faces calls that it is letting our district down.

Spalding - Volunteer drivers step in to save residents cut off from buses

Volunteer drivers are having to pick up the slack as residents struggle to catch a bus on a Spalding road which has been closed for months.

South Holland Voluntary Car Scheme says that the long running saga at Park Road is having an impact on them as people living near the area are turning to them for help.

Park Road has been partially shut due to a hole appearing in the surfacing - which is affecting the bus services.

Coun Angela Newton, of the scheme, said: “Some patients use us because we pick them up at the door, wait for them, and then take them home as soon as they are ready.

“It has had an impact but difficult to quantify.”

Anglian Water says the conditions at Park Road are complicated and similar to Boston Road South.

A spokesman said: “ We are currently undertaking a repair and rehabilitating the sewer to improve future resilience. We have been using no dig techniques, with some excavations, in an effort to avoid noise and physical disruption to the existing road surface and other utility services.”

The company also shut the Pinchbeck Road junction with Woolram Wygate on Tuesday to repair a leak.

A company spokesman said: “We planned this to take place after schools broke up for the summer in order to minimise traffic disruption. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we complete this important repair.”

Coun Liz Sneath (52968975)
Coun Liz Sneath (52968975)

Pinchbeck - Road shut 21 times to repair ageing pipes

A busy road in Pinchbeck has been shut for 45 days in total this year alone during repairs of the old network.

Coun Liz Sneath says Glenside South has been closed on 21 occasions over the last two years while Anglian Water repairs a burst water main.

However, the company has announced that it will be replacing the water main in the coming months.

Coun Sneath said: “I am hoping this will stop all the closures as it is a new pipe.

“The pipe is incredibly old - it could be 100-years-old and it just breaks. They repair a stretch so it breaks again. It is the weight of the traffic.”

Brown water poured from the drains at Weston Hills Village Hall in January 2021. (56303221)
Brown water poured from the drains at Weston Hills Village Hall in January 2021. (56303221)

Weston Hills - 'Things worked better with garden toilets'

A councillor who has fought for improvements to the sewage network in Weston Hills for decades says things worked better when people had cesspits.

Weston Hills has seen issues with raw sewage and flooding - which resulted in the village hall needing a new floor.

Coun Anthony Casson has been calling for improvements to the village’s network and has also raised fears about the capacity of the system in Weston.

He said: “In Weston Hills if the pump cuts out that is what the problem is and they should sort it out.

“It used to be a lot better when everyone had a toilet at the bottom of the garden. It used to go into cesspits and they would come and empty it.”

Anglian Water said: “We carried out a full refurb of the three pumping stations here in 2020. They have since been operating as we would expect, without any issues.”

Sutton St Edmund - issues with low water pressure

Sutton St Edmund residents faced issues with low water pressure last week.

Anglian Water says that a high demand for water and a burst main affected the pressure.

The company says that the main has now been fixed and added that its teams work hard.

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