08:00 Friday 11 January 2013

Bust sewerage pipe leaves angry Gary in the mire

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

A BUILDER has kicked up a stink over a water company’s failure to fix a cracked sewerage pipe under his garage.

Gary Mills blasted Severn Trent Water for not repairing the outflow, which carries waste from up to 12 neighbouring bungalows to a main sewer outside his home, in Merrydale Road, Stapenhill - despite being told about the fault more than seven months ago.

The 53-year-old said the delay had forced him and his wife, Janice, a 54-year-old catering supervisor, to put up with a foul stench and the sight of putrid water seeping from a neighbour’s property.

They had also been lumbered with deep excavation works in their garage, now piled with mounds of contaminated soil.

Mr Mills said: “I just want it sorted; it’s doing my head in.

“My wife suffers with high blood pressure and it’s really got her down and is depressing her.

“We’ve both just had enough. It’s scandalous. I could have fixed it quicker myself.”

Mr Mills first complained about the smell and seepage on May 28 last year, a move which prompted Severn Trent to despatch subcontractors the following day.

They used rods on neighbouring drains before deploying an underground camera, which revealed a break in the sewage pipe.

Since then, workmen have visited the Mills’ home at least 12 times.

Shortly after Christmas, they began excavations which revealed that a storm pipe near the sewage outflow was also fractured, compounding the difficulties.

Mr Mills, who claims he has lost two days’ work due to the problems, is not sure if the workmen will solve them.

“I’m not convinced they will take enough of the contaminated soil out,” he said.

“And if they feel they can backfill it with concrete and stone, they are mistaken.

“I want to make sure all the contamination is gone.

“If they have to take the garage down then they should do it; but they should supply a new garage.

“It’s just stressing me out and I don’t need it.”

Severn Trent said in addition to the Mills’ problems there had been ‘issues with drains in Marlborough Crescent, which are connected to this investigation’.

A spokesman said: “Following excavations on Mr Mills’ property, we have now been able to complete these investigations with CCTV cameras and we will be cleaning the affected sewer pipe tomorrow (Friday). The pipe will then be repaired and we hope that all the work will be finished by the end of next week.

“We apologise for any inconvenience and the distress this may have caused Mr Mills and will continue to keep him regularly updated.”

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