CCTV to investigate sewer

CLOSED-circuit TV cameras are to be used to investigate a village's sewer system to see if there are any major problems, it was today revealed.Residents of Trimley St Mary have been plagued by problems with the underground sewerage network overflowing and people are worried about its capacity.

CLOSED-circuit TV cameras are to be used to investigate a village's sewer system to see if there are any major problems, it was today revealed.

Residents of Trimley St Mary have been plagued by problems with the underground sewerage network overflowing and people are worried about its capacity.

They want an investigation carried out before any new homes are built which could add to the problems.

Last week manhole covers burst open in New Road, sending sewage into gardens, homes and street storm drains - though Anglian Water traced the blockage to solidified cooking fat caused by householders pouring fat down sinks.

A spokeswoman for AW said the company took the villagers' and parish council concerns seriously and although they were not aware of any structural problems in the sewerage system, CCTV cameras would be sent down to investigate.

“We will have a look with cameras in the new year to see if there are any major blockages or structural problems,” she said.

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“Quite often problems are caused by items being put into the sewers which should not be.

“We did have a major problem at Addington Road a few years back which was caused by a household flushing nappies down the toilet - it does not take many nappies to cause a major blockage and problems.

“Our advice is not to put anything down the toilet unless it disintegrates in water.”

The CCTV camera investigation is designed to be prevention rather than cure and to spot any potential or existing problems.

“We have a good relationship with Suffolk Coastal council and if any plans do come forward for new housing we will be consulted and able to give a view on the situation, although developers put in place new sewers for their schemes as part of the work on the infrastructure,” she added.

Are you concerned about Trimley's sewers? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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