Huge sewage pipes installed just a few meters from the houses

The pipe was erected just meters from the homes of the people at Bovis Homes.  Wendelburie Rise development in Northamptonshire.  (Triangle)

The pipe was erected just a few yards from people’s homes on the Wendelburie Rise settlement in Northamptonshire. (Triangle)

Residents who live next to a giant sewer pipe being built on their doorstep say they are woken up by the sound of human waste being washed away.

It was installed at Bovis Homes’ Wendelburie Rise development in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, last November while Anglian Water was repairing an underground pipe.

Locals were unhappy with the appearance of the pipe and received food baskets from the water supply as an apology for the inconvenience.

But now some say that not only are they an eyesore, they are kept awake because human waste is flushed down the pipe.

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Anglian Water was forced to build it above ground after a section of the underground line was damaged.  (Triangle)

Anglian Water was forced to build the pipe above ground after a section of the underground pipe was damaged. (Triangle)

Locals have complained about the whistle's appearance.  (Triangle)

Locals have complained about the whistle’s appearance. (Triangle)

Tim Buckley, 31, Digital Marketing Coordinator, said: “It’s not too bad during the day because all the construction drowns out the noise from the pipes, but it’s quite noisy at night.

“You can hear water and waste being flushed around the pipe. It’s not particularly pleasant to hear when you’re trying to relax in the evenings.

Another resident added: “My wife is a light sleeper and is often woken up by the noise from the pipes.

“It would be nice not to be woken up by the sounds of human waste rushing past your front door.”

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Aerial view of the tube.  (Triangle)

Aerial view of the tube. (Triangle)

Another resident said: “It’s ridiculous to have to live like this. I get queasy thinking about all the poo floating past my front door.

“It was bad enough when we were told it would stay in place through March, but now we’re looking at the droppings on the pavement staying there through the summer.

“It doesn’t smell now because it’s winter, but what happens if there’s another heatwave? It becomes unbearable.”

The temporary line spans the new development of Stanton Cross in the market town of Wellingborough.

Described by Anglian Water as an “incredible feat of engineering”, it replaced a system that moves debris from people’s homes to the nearest pumping station.

The pipe was built in November and is due to remain in place until at least the end of March while engineers try to locate the source of a leak in the underground sewer system.

The Giant Whistle at Wendelburie Rise, Stanton Cross.  (Triangle)

The Giant Whistle at Wendelburie Rise, Stanton Cross. (Triangle)

Anglian Water said it accepts the pipe has changed the look of the property but it is temporary.

It added that repairing the underground pipe was a “complex” operation, but they are hopeful the repairs will be completed by the end of next month.

A spokesman said: “We have been in close contact with all local residents throughout and know this work has been very disruptive to them – we are sorry.

“We would like to thank them for their continued patience and understanding – maintaining their facilities and protecting the environment are our top priorities.

“You can rest assured that we will continue to work with you and Bovis Homes until the repair is complete and everything is back to normal.”


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