RESIDENTS have expressed disgust after a large sewage pipe was installed just feet from their front doors.
The overground pipe – considered an “incredible engineering feat” by the local water company – had to be installed above ground after a section of underground pipe was damaged.
Amazing aerial images show the sheer scale of the huge snaking pipe – positioned just feet away from people’s homes – on Bovis Homes’ Wendelburie Rise development in Northamptonshire.
The affected pipe serves a useful purpose – transporting debris from people’s homes to the nearest pumping station.
However, residents of the newly-built properties have cried foul about the issues provoked by the eyesore structure.
One explained: “We had a letter just saying ‘sorry for the works’ and given a hamper to say sorry, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve got this outside of our house.
"We have people plowing up the front of our house to try and park to deliver things. It’s not great but I understand it needs to be done.”
Another who lives nearby added: “Residents have been complaining for over 12 months about the sewage coming up through their new homes. It’s a disgrace.”
Assembled at the start of November after issues with the network were reported – the imposing pipe could remain in place until the end of March at least.
Though it could be pushed back, as engineers scramble to find the source of a leak in the underground sewage network.
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Workers are drilling a number of trial holes in a bid to repair the affected pipeline.
The provisional pipe covers the breadth of the Stanton Cross development in the market town of Wellingborough.
Stanton Cross is the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s, with 3,650 new houses as well as shops, schools, commercial space and doctor’s surgery on land to the east of the train station.
The properties start at £272,000 but are on the market for as high as just shy of £600,000.
Anglian Water says it accepts it has changed the look of the estate but it is temporary.
A spokeswoman said: “As soon as we permanently fix the damaged section of the sewer, we will remove the temporary pipe.
“Although it is difficult to give timescales at this stage, as it depends on the extent of the repair required, we currently estimate the work will take around eight weeks.
“Taking everything into account, we believe the pipe will be in place until the end of March.
“We are treating the permanent fix as an emergency and will continue to work as quickly as possible to fix the damaged sewer.”
The spokeswoman also accepted some residents close to the sewage pipe had been gifts for persevering with the disruption.
“We gave hampers to customers that houses faced onto the pipework to apologise for the visual disruption,” she said.
“We would like to apologise for the disruption our work is causing residents in the area.
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“We understand both the visual impact and general disruption this is causing and we thank our customers in advance for their patience and understanding.
“Without the installation of the above ground pipe this could have resulted in a burst on the sewer pipe leading to loss of facilities to our customers and risk of pollution to the environment.”
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