Parents demand action over sewage leaking near school

Mothers and children by an overflowing drain close to Tackley School Picture: OX649956 Aimee Kirkham

Mothers and children by an overflowing drain close to Tackley School Picture: OX649956 Aimee Kirkham Buy this photo

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

A MANHOLE in a village near Kidlington has been spewing raw sewage for the past three weeks, according to residents.

And children who walk to school past the leak are having to spend the day in shoes coated with effluent.

Residents of Tackley say that during heavy rain, sewage starts pouring from drains.

Parish council chairman June Collier said: “Every time we have heavy rain the sewage pumping station can’t cope and we don’t know what to do.”

She said that residents believe their antiquated sewage pipes and pumping station cannot cope with an increased population and other changes over the years.

Mrs Collier said: “Children shouldn’t have to walk through sewage to get to school. We are at our wits ends.”

A parent with two children at Tackley Primary School who did not want to be named, said: “I know the county is flooded, but Tackley has suffered from neglect from Thames Water for the last 20 years.”

Thames Water spokeswoman Becky Trotman said the sewage problem had been caused by the heavy rain, but more investigation was needed to fix the problem.

She said: “Our sewer network has become inundated with floodwater when it is only meant to carry waste water from homes and businesses.

“When the system gets full, the diluted sewage can spill out from manholes.

“Our contractors did detect a blockage at the Tackley pumping station and removed this, but as the problem has continued we will need to investigate further.”

“We sympathise with everyone who is affected by this.”

She added: “With regards to points about the system not being sufficient to cope, it isn’t as straightforward as just building a bigger sewer.

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“When we’re talking about floodwater, its almost a case of the bigger the sewer, the more water will go in.”

She said of the sewage: “As it is diluted, although it’s unsightly, it isn’t a risk to public health.”

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12:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

l_r says...

So having children stand in the effluent is going to do them the world of good.
So having children stand in the effluent is going to do them the world of good. l_r
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1:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

It can't be that bad if the parents allowed them to stand there for the photographer.
It can't be that bad if the parents allowed them to stand there for the photographer. mytaxes
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2:22pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

I hope nobody who is pictured has had one of their property's surface water drains connected to the foul water sewage system...
I hope nobody who is pictured has had one of their property's surface water drains connected to the foul water sewage system... Andrew:Oxford
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