Sewage work has caused a right stink

Res­i­dents kick up over lack of no­tice be­fore dig­ging

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Cargill

Peo­ple in Perth are hav­ing to put up with sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion as a de­vel­oper digs up a pop­u­lar play park to put new sewage pipes un­der­ground.

Res­i­dents are also per­plexed as to why they re­ceived no warn­ing the works were com­ing con­sid­er­ing the scope of the mas­sive ex­ca­vat­ing op­er­a­tion that is cur­rently un­der way in Perth’s Craigie area.

Pri­vate con­trac­tors work­ing for Bell­way Homes ap­par­ently pitched up at the park next to Darn­hall Cres­cent around two weeks ago and started shov­el­ling soil un­cov­er­ing the ex­ist­ing sewage net­work.

Res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cern about new sewage pipes be­ing laid so close to a chil­dren’s play park and now want to know when the works will be fin­ished as frus­tra­tion builds about the lack of con­sul­ta­tion or com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

One Craigie res­i­dent com­plained: “All those huge pipes are ap­par­ently for sewage which is ob­vi­ously quite wor­ry­ing for res­i­dents who don’t want sewage pil­ing up.

“It is not a very pleas­ant thought for sewage to be stored at Darn­hall. Noone was told about it - they just started dig­ging. None of the res­i­dents know what is go­ing on.”

Perth City South coun­cil­lor Wil­lie Wil­son com­mented: “The lack of no­tice and in­for­ma­tion to lo­cal res­i­dents is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able as the work is very in­tru­sive for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The least that could have been done is for lo­cal folk to have been told of the work in ad­vance, the rea­sons for it and how long it would take. None of this ac­tion has been taken.”

A spokesper­son for Bell­way Homes said yes­ter­day: “The play area it­self is within an ex­ist­ing hous­ing de­vel­op­ment and the lo­cal author­ity has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the park. We were re­quired to give the coun­cil five days’ no­tice be­fore start­ing our works, which we did.

“We are cur­rently im­prov­ing the sewage net­work with up­grades to the sys­tem. We have not en­tered the ex­ist­ing sewage net­work so there should not be any smell as there is no open­ing to the ex­ist­ing sewer.

“We will need to link the new sys­tem to the old, and an odour may be present at this point, but we ex­pect this to be min­i­mal and to only last a short num­ber of hours at most.

“The works them­selves will take ap­prox­i­mately two weeks, fol­lowed by a pe­riod of time for re-turf­ing the area. Al­low­ing for ad­verse weather, we ex­pect this to be com­plete within a month.

“We will then be re­quired to con­tact the lo­cal author­ity, who will de­cide when they are happy to take the fenc­ing down and al­low ac­cess to the area once again.” Con­trac­tors are work­ing on the site of the play park close to Darn­hall Cres­cent in Craigie

Un­der way

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