Residents in homes with giant sewer pipe outside getting woken up by poos

Residents of a town have complained that they are being woken up to the sound of poo being washed away.

Residents of Bovis Homes’ Wendelburie Rise in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, have been putting with the sound of flowing human waste since last November after Anglican Water made repairs to an underground water pipe.

The repairs had been made because people said they had been experiencing disgusting smells, but that has since been replaced by the sewage sounds.

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Residents say they were told that the change was temporary and were given hampers by way of apology, but the temporary pipe remains in place at the time of writing.

Living opposite the pipe are firefighter Craig Rollason, 32, with his wife Katie, 30, and their newborn baby son Harris.

Craig said: “When the pipe went up we were all given a hamper from Anglian Water and told it would be sorted by March.

“Due to the freezing weather last month, we’ve now been warned that it might not be taken down until May or June.

"Before the work started it really smelled bad which was because of the damaged pipe.

"We were glad it was getting sorted out but it's been going on for a while now.

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“The pipe is a real eyesore and a hazard for us crossing the road because you have to step into the road and cars can drive up pretty fast.”

A second resident said: “It’s ridiculous to have to live like this. It makes me queasy thinking of all the poo floating past my front door.

“It was bad enough when we were told it would be in place until March but now we’re looking at the pavement poo pipe being there until the summer.

“It doesn’t smell now because it’s winter but what happens if there’s another heatwave? It’ll be unbearable.”

Couple Tim Buckley, 31, and Beth South, 27, say they can hear the faeces floating past the window of their kitchen.

“You can hear the water and waste being flushed around in the pipe. It is not a particularly pleasant thing to have to listen to when you're trying to relax in the evening.

“The pipe completely blocks our view from the house. We understand why it was put up but we’re sick of it now.”

Tim added: “My wife’s a light sleeper and she’s often woken up by the noises coming from the pipes.

“It’d be nice not to be woken by the sounds of human effluent rushing past your front door.”

Anglican Water says that the operation to make the repair is complicated.

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A spokesperson said: “Our teams are continuing work on the damaged sewer pipe on Ise Valley in Wellingborough.

“The advanced monitoring system we use detected the leak on the network at the beginning of December, and the quick response and expert engineering of our teams has meant we’ve kept services running uninterrupted for our customers since then, and protected the environment, by installing the temporary overground pipe.

“The engineering solution to repair the pipe is complex, due to its position and depth underground.

“We plan to rehabilitate the existing pipe using a method called sewer relining.

“The innovative technology means we will install a new robust lining to the inside of the pipe, essentially a ‘pipe within a pipe’, allowing us to minimise further disruption for the local residents, and ensure the integrity of the pipes for years to come.

“We anticipate that work will be concluded by the end of March.

“We’ve been in close contact with all local residents throughout, and know this work has been hugely disruptive for them – we’re sorry for this.

“We’d like to thank them for their ongoing patience and understanding – keeping their facilities running and protecting the environment is our top priority.

“They can rest assured that we’ll keep working with them and Bovis Homes until the repair is completed and things are back to normal.”


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