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Residents revolt over cesspit pong
9:10am Friday 1st March 2013 in News
LONG-SUFFERING tenants have suffered nauseating smells from an overflowing cesspit, built beneath their flats, for more than a year. Residents in the 65 flats in The Courtyard, in Surbiton Avenue, Southend, have had enough - and want the problem sorted once and for all. They told how the cesspit regularly overflows and has to be pumped out, but it is never enough to prevent it leaking out into the car park, electric room and cycle room which is also found below the homes. Liam Baxter, 21, moved into his flat last July and pays £800 a month to Estuary Housing Association. He said: “The cesspit overflows about every two weeks. There are condoms, sanitary towels, you name it - it's there floating up to half a foot deep sometimes in a communal car park! The pumps that have been installed don’t contain macerators so it regularly blocks up and overflows. “The smell is horrendous. Bosses at Estuary Housing Association are investigating the ongoing problems with the cesspit - but said residents had been to blame. Ian Martin, executive director of the association, said: “Initially the system did suffer as wet wipes and other cloth material being flushed away led to it becoming blocked. “We have been working with our contractor, Higgins Construction and residents to both ensure the system is correctly used. “The design of the sewage system is one that follows a standard design and is used in residential accommodation. The company has denied the installation of the cesspit and pump was to do with cutting costs. A spokesperson said: “A pumped drainage installation was required as the building has a basement, the levels of which are below those of the main sewers in the adjacent road.”
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