Locals kick up a stink but work ploughs ahead

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WORK is kicking off on 50 new council houses despite fears over sewage.

Residents in the Gartferry Road area of Moodiesburn area fear the development will add to ongoing problems with sewage.

Scottish Water and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency have carried out investigations in the area.

Scottish Water say the sewer system will cope, but Strathkelvin councillor Frances McGlinchey has voiced concerns.

She said: “Houses are having major problems with sewage. We do need council houses, but this particular site has big problems.

“I don’t see how things can get better unless we have the necessary infrastructure in place.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “Our investigations have highlighted that previous flooding was a consequence of grout getting into the surface water system causing a blockage in the pipe.

“This caused a back-up of flows and subsequent flooding problem. This has been resolved, with the grout being cleared out of the sewer.

“SEPA have been in the area investigating raw sewage complaints. This is an issue related to cross connections of foul sewers connecting to the surface water system in the area causing pollution to local watercourses.

“We are aware of the issue. An investigation is ongoing to check for house extensions etc that may have been built with toilets which drain to the wrong pipes – for example toilets connecting to the surface water pipes.”

The spokesperson added: “The proposed development at Gartferry Road connects downstream of the location where the flooding issues have occurred in the past, therefore the new development will not impact on them.

“Our studies indicate the sewers are of adequate size to cope with additional flows from the new development.”

North Lanarkshire Council is also building 25 ‘amenity homes’ at Lanrig, in Muirhead.

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