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Sewage deluge keeps returning to Little Treviscoe

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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  • Roger Coles and John Sibley, beside the pile of rubble pulled from the sewer in Little Treviscoe. BOTL20140106A-002_C

  • STINKING MESS: Roger Coles, John Sibley, Chris Briggs and Pat Lawrence, beside the sewage in Little Treviscoe.

  • WASTE FLOW: The sewage running through Little Treviscoe.

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RESIDENTS of Little Treviscoe have dubbed their settlement "the village time forgot" after being deluged by raw sewage for the past five months.

Families in Railway View and Jubilee Villa are furious with water firm South West Water after a 40ft-long river of human waste burst out of manhole covers days before Christmas.

It was the latest in a series of continuing sewage problems and left families negotiating the stinking waste in front of their properties.

At the other end of the village, including Cooperage Row, the situation has been even worse.

Residents say that despite making numerous calls their pleas to South West Water have fallen on deaf ears and the business did not even return their calls.

Roger Coles and his wife Sue, live in one of the properties on Railway View that was affected for up to 15 days over Christmas.

Their son and his young family live next door.

Mr Coles, 68, said the build-up of sewage became so bad it "blew the manhole cover outside his house off".

"There is 40ft of sewage running along the gutter and everybody walking it into the house, he said. "It's absolutely stinking."

He said they had phoned the water firm several times a day since December 21 and even went to the Consumer Council for Water, but had no response until the weekend.

The Coles even made a makeshift gangway and put signs in the road to warn people about the situation.

He said he feels sorry for other residents in the village who have had it worse.

South West Water said it had carried out an investigation and had found "hardened tarmac and stones", which were removed on Saturday.

But residents said the firm did nothing to clean up the mess and believe it is just a matter of time before it happens again.

Mr Coles told the Cornish Guardian: "We do not live in the Middle Ages. We pay the highest water rates in the country and we are not getting a proper service.

"Unless they sort out the pipe it is going to happen all over again."

John Sibley, St Stephen-in-Brannel parish councillor representing Treviscoe, said in August bricks were removed from the main pipe but no remedial work was carried out.

He said the sewage outpouring is the final straw as they will have to contend with living in the shadow of the incinerator, and face the prospect of constant lorry movement through the village as a result.

"Surely residents should not have to walk through raw sewage to get to their front doors or are we turning into the village that time forgot?"

South West Water said it did not know about the villagers' problems prior to December 21. Officers from Cornwall Council's Public Health and Protection visited the area following a report of sewage, but had not witnessed any issues that would give "cause for immediate concerns", said a spokesman.

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  • toffer99  |  January 09 2014, 2:56PM

    Its a privatised company, so you can't expect any better from South West Water. They are the company that charges the most for water in the whole country. One privatised company or another, together they've created Rip-off Britain."

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