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Raw sewage poured into Camborne couple's garden for three weeks

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • Chris and Tracie Holland of Tolvaddon with the raw sewage in their garden. for Katri. Ref : TRGH20121109C-001_C

  • Chris and Tracie Holland of Tovaddon with the raw sewage in their garden. for Katri. Ref : TRGH20121109C-002_C

  • Chris and Tracie Holland of Tovaddon with the raw sewage in their garden. for Katri. Ref : TRGH20121109C-003_C

  • Chris and Tracie Holland of Tolvaddon with the raw sewage in their garden.

  • Chris and Tracie Holland of Tovaddon with the raw sewage in their garden. for Katri. Ref : TRGH20121109C-005_C

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A CAMBORNE couple claim to have been left in limbo by authorities failing to deal with sewage spilling into their garden.

Tracie Holland, 42, of Pengeron Avenue, Tolvaddon, said raw sewage has been spewing from a neighbour's drains into her and her 46-year-old husband Chris's property for about three weeks.

In desperation the couple contacted South West Water and Cornwall Council's environmental health department to resolve the matter.

The council said it eventually served a notice under the Public Health Act 1961 Section 17(3) and the Local Government and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1976 Section 35 on Monday last week after it "proved difficult to contact the landlord".

The notice required the occupier to remove the blockage from the private drain within 48 hours or works would have been conducted under default and the cost recovered.

The works have since been carried out to resolve the blockage.

"We were appalled by the attitude of environmental health who were not initially interested. If this was not an environmental health issue then what is?" Mrs Holland said.

"I am really fed up and sick and tired about it. It should have been dealt with immediately."

The couple said they had concerns for their own health and their pet cat's wellbeing. They were also hoping to put the property on the market last week to move to the Isle of Wight to look after Mrs Holland's father who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Mrs Holland added: "Who will want to buy it when there is sewage spilling into the garden?

"It has been really stressful and we are desperate to sell the house to move back to look after my parents."

South West Water confirmed it received a report of a sewage leak at the property on October 24 and a spokesman said: "Our investigations that evening indicated there were no issues with the public sewerage network connecting to the terrace properties in this street and that the problem is coming from the next door neighbour's lateral sewer connection.

"We have contacted the environmental health team at Cornwall Council to report this issue. It is the owner's responsibility to resolve the problem."

Cornwall Council spokesman added: "Having spoken to the individuals concerned we understand that they are in the process of resolving the issue with the drainage at their property."

The West Briton contacted the neighbour who refused to comment on the matter.

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