Waste smell’s not so grate

Trevor Wood next to the problem drain on Blackers Court. (d09061103)
Trevor Wood next to the problem drain on Blackers Court. (d09061103)
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A GRATE which has been leaking sewage into a garden for three years is finally to be fixed.

Trevor Wood, of Blackers Court, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, has a grate underneath his lounge window where the waste leaks out several times a year, leaving a large puddle.

As a council tenant, he has reported the problem to Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, who told him that the problem is caused by a blockage underneath a large sewer cover on the other side of his garden.

When the blockage builds up, it forces the sewerage out of the smaller grate.

This had already happened four times this year when the sewerage started spilling out again last Thursday.

When KNH staff have been out to look at the problem, they have removed the blockage but not fixed the pipe that is causing the blockage.

Mr Wood, 61, said: “It’s absolutely disgusting.

“If this isn’t a health and safety issue that wants sorting out straight away when you first see it, I don’t know what is.”

Mr Wood said he was concerned about the safety of his six-year-old granddaughter, Chloe, who enjoys playing out in the garden.

A KNH spokeswoman said: “Engineers from Kirklees Building Services have attended four times this year and made sure the drain was running free and not blocked, as this is the most common cause of problems.

“They visited again this week following the latest incident and have found that a pipe has cracked due to tree roots and subsidence. This will require a major repair, which will be carried out this week.”