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SIDMOUTH:Foul-smelling Sidmouth sewers set to be cleared

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A massive build-up of food waste, fatty deposits and other debris will be drained from Sidmouth’s sewers by the end of the month, South West Water has confirmed. Specially assigned contractors began clearing out the town’s pipes last night (Monday) and are due to finish the major clean-up job next week. Concerns were first raised in April about the state of Sidmouth’s sewers, when foul-smelling waste surfaced on the Esplanade and disrupted the Scouts’ St George’s Day parade. Angry residents kicked up a stink about the conditions and East Devon MP Hugo Swire stepped in to urge the authorities to take action. And now South West Water has confirmed the work will be carried out and the threat of any bad smells dealt with in time for the start of Sidmouth’s Folk Week celebrations. Richard Gilpin, Head of Waste Services at South West Water, said: “As well as fat and food waste, we expect to encounter lots of debris washed into the sewers during the extremely wet weather earlier this year. “Removing this build-up will increase the capacity of the sewers and prevent blockages and bad smells.” The giant masses of waste, or ‘fatbergs’, build up when grease and other unsuitable deposits are poured down sinks and into the sewage network. Water agencies up and down the country spend millions of pounds every year clearing clogged sewers. Mr Gilpin added: “We have timed the work so that it will be finished before Sidmouth Folk Week starts on Friday, August 1st. “We will do our best to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum, which is why we are carrying out the cleaning on the Esplanade in the evenings. “In the meantime we would like to thank the people of Sidmouth for their patience while we carry out this essential work.” No roads will be closed while the work is carried out, but temporary three-way traffic lights will be used during the work on the Esplanade during the evening. Contractors Clear-Flow will continue the clean-up job by tackling the sewers in Chapel Road, Dove Lane and York Street ahead of the festival, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.


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