Ashingdon farmer's fields are flooded by sewage from Anglian Water pumping station

Problems - Paul Woodford in one of his flooded fields

Problems - Paul Woodford in one of his flooded fields

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A FARMER is fuming over the state of his land after sewage leaked on to it from a pumping station.

Paul Woodford, 55, has made 50 complaints over the past 20 years to try to get Anglian Water to sort out the situation, which he claims is stopping his cattle grazing.

Heavy rain can overwhelm the pumping station, at the junction of Radnor Road and Ulverston Road, Ashingdon.

It was built 20 years ago to cope with waste from new homes in Fambridge Road and Pemberton Field, but has left Mr Woodford with a host of problems.

He said: “It’s been happening for years. I’ve made about 50 complaints over 20 years, but nothing has been done.

“I don’t want money, I just want the problem fixed. Our family has had this land since the Sixties, when my granddad took it over.”

Mr Woodford owns 70 cattle and 50 pigs and said the family business, Moon and Chamberlain’s farm shop, has suffered as a result of the unusable land.

He added: “It has had an impact, but it’s so hard to quantify.

It’s not knowing what’s in the sewage that worries us. We can’t risk letting out animals to graze and them getting sick.”

Anglian Water has sent tankers to the site. The company has also offered a goodwill payment of £2,750 to Mr Woodford.

A statement from the company said: “We apologise to Mr Woodford for the flooding which has affected his farmland.

“We are arranging to make changes to the pumping station, which will reduce the chances of it affecting the farmland. We are also looking to increase the storage capacity of the station.”

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10:16am Thu 23 Jan 14

Vange Resident says...

He needs to be properly compensated, not some silly goodwill gesture!
He needs to be properly compensated, not some silly goodwill gesture! Vange Resident
  • Score: 15

12:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

Rice paddy
Rice paddy Been there got the T shirt
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1:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

emcee says...

Fifty complaints over twenty years? If this was my farm it would have been in court ten or more years ago. I understand any losses may be hard to quantify, especially when loss, hardship and stress is concerned, but £2750 is a derisory offer and should have had at least another zero at the end. Still, at least the offer is an admission that Anglian Water has a financial responsibility towards Mr Woodford should he decide to take the company to court later.
Fifty complaints over twenty years? If this was my farm it would have been in court ten or more years ago. I understand any losses may be hard to quantify, especially when loss, hardship and stress is concerned, but £2750 is a derisory offer and should have had at least another zero at the end. Still, at least the offer is an admission that Anglian Water has a financial responsibility towards Mr Woodford should he decide to take the company to court later. emcee
  • Score: 13

5:47pm Thu 23 Jan 14

runwellian says...

He won't need to buy compost then!

I remember the days when horse and cow dung was spread on the land and gave a good crop!

Although it sounds disgusting, sewage is the end products of what we put in our mouths, so why not recycle and put it on the land?!
He won't need to buy compost then! I remember the days when horse and cow dung was spread on the land and gave a good crop! Although it sounds disgusting, sewage is the end products of what we put in our mouths, so why not recycle and put it on the land?! runwellian
  • Score: -12

1:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

aejss4 says...

Tankers have been coming to this site for at least 15 to 20 years. It is always after heavy rain. Why is rainwater getting into the sewer system? . This needs to be investigated, not increasing the storage capacity. Anglian Water installed an overflow tank system, using a network of large underground pipes, several years ago on land adjacent to the pumping station. They admitted that this was a failure when we complained about the damage to the roads, caused by the tankers, a few years ago.
Tankers have been coming to this site for at least 15 to 20 years. It is always after heavy rain. Why is rainwater getting into the sewer system? . This needs to be investigated, not increasing the storage capacity. Anglian Water installed an overflow tank system, using a network of large underground pipes, several years ago on land adjacent to the pumping station. They admitted that this was a failure when we complained about the damage to the roads, caused by the tankers, a few years ago. aejss4
  • Score: 0

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