Residents kick up a stink as sewage floods gardens

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RAW sewage has been running into gardens, claim disgusted residents.

Greenlea Road and Peathill Avenue in Muirhead were hit with flash floods and sewage problems after heavy rain.

Residents say the sewage problem has been ongoing for 20 years and is being caused by issues with Scottish Water’s Berryknowes waste water pumping station at Lanrig Park.

North Lanarkshire Council is currently progressing proposals to build new accommodation for the elderly at the park.

Resident William Grieve said: “Something has to be done quickly to fix this. It’s a health hazard and is causing a lot of stress.

“I had been told it would be rectified, but nothing’s been done.

“It’s like banging your head against a brick wall.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “We are looking at the possibility of amending the network in the area to remove the cause of the flooding, which occurs during heavy rainfall.

“The pumping station is under review for possible investment. We are also looking at installing a non-return valve in the network that will allow water to drain from the gardens, but it will be one-way so heavy rain does not cause flooding issues.

“We apologise for this sewage flooding and we are very thankful to local people for their patience and understanding. It’s extremely distressing to have a garden flooded in this way. We want to assure them we are working on a permanent solution.”