The man’s anger as Lancing sewers burst again

RESIDENTS say they have been forced to consider a sale as burst sewer pipes are making their lives a living nightmare.

“A sewage spout” wreaked havoc in West Way, Lancing, in July, just one of many burst pipes to hit the area over the last year.

And after another outbreak in the West Way on Saturday, a man said enough was enough and he was seriously considering selling his beloved home.

“I’m seriously considering moving out of the area,” said Nigel Sweet of The Broadway — not far from Saturday’s blast.

“But who will buy these properties?

The Argus: The Sewage Burst at The Broadway in JulyThe sewer burst at The Broadway in July

“It’s a nice area to live in, but it’s ruined by it. It’s a construction site now. Sewage tankers rumble across the streets, clogging them for 24 hours a day, workers screaming and playing music on their radios.

“People here literally paddle through the sewers to get out of their homes.

“You don’t know if you come back and it went into your garden or your house.”

Nigel, who is currently on holiday in Mallorca, was furious when he heard that the pipes under the road had burst again.

Along with some of his neighbors, he hasn’t paid the water bill for almost a year.

“We have refused to pay it since Christmas Eve,” he said.

“They only care about profit.

“What we are asking is not unreasonable. It’s not too much to ask. We only want functioning sewage pipes that don’t burst.”

The Argus: Photo: Eddie MitchellPhoto: Eddie Mitchell

Others are feeling similar to Nigel with houses for sale on either side of him.

“It’s very discouraging,” he said.

“You feel like the whole area is going downhill and people don’t want to visit the area either.

A Southern Water spokesman said earlier that work was underway to improve water mains in the area and that the project was weeks away from completion.

In a statement, a Southern Water spokesman apologized and said: “Our priority now is to stop the spill by using road tankers to pick up the sewage flow.

“The tankers are carrying out important work, which means that many nearby households can continue to use their kitchens and bathrooms as usual. Once they’re in place, the pumping stations feeding the line can be shut down and we’ll begin the cleanup.” The man’s anger as Lancing sewers burst again

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