Village council kicks up sewage stink

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THE secretary of Clovenfords Community Council has blasted Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Power and Scottish Water after sewage was discovered in water lying on the main road through the village.

The smelly storm surrounds claims that foul water has flooded a section of the A72 at Clovenfords’ main roundabout since Scottish Power finished maintenance work at the site three weeks ago.

Nothing has been done since, according to Stuart Bell, leading to health concerns.

Mr Bell said: “There has never been a flood at this point in the road until it was dug up by Scottish Power.

“Residents are dismayed that when we point out that flooding has followed the road being dug up, all the public bodies – Scottish Power, Scottish Water, Scottish Borders Council – denied responsibility.

“Something seemed to have happened when the road was dug but now it needs to be fixed.”

Tweeddale East councillor Gavin Logan, who stays in the village, has laid the blame at the door of Scottish Water.

“It is clearly the responsibility of Scottish Water to deal with foul water,” he said.

“Scottish Water can’t be allowed to pass the buck when we have a health risk from foul water which is being sprayed on the pavement from passing vehicles.

“Scottish Water have been notified of the problem and it is high time this unacceptable issue was sorted out.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “Our engineers have been on site in Clovenfords regarding the sewer rising issue.

“We have carried out a CCTV investigation of our waste water network in this area; however it will be necessary to excavate the sewer pipe to investigate further.

“We will keep local customers updated.”

David Richardson, asset manager at SBC, said: “We are aware of the issue in Clovenfords and will be investigating it to see what the exact problem is.”

A spokeswoman for Scottish Power said that cables had been damaged in May by a third party working at Vine Street on the A72 and 70 customers hadtheir power cut off for about 35 minutes.

“Our work at the site last month was simply to reinstate the damaged cable,” she said. “The third party responsible for the damage was not working on behalf of Scottish Power.”