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Plaistow neighbours’ anger as sewage floods homes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 December 2016

Barry Joseph-Taylor on the left and neighbours are angered by the sewage leaking at their flats on Boundary Lane

Barry Joseph-Taylor on the left and neighbours are angered by the sewage leaking at their flats on Boundary Lane

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Neighbours who have been plagued by raw sewage flooding their homes for months have called on their housing association to do more.

Families living in the Boundary Lane flats in Plaistow have complained to East Thames after the waste came up through sinks and washing machines.

Concerned resident and former caretaker at the apartment block, Barry Taylor, said: “Everyone in the block has complained. Someone will catch a disease soon.”

According to Barry, East Thames is failing its tenants by not emptying the sewage often enough or making repairs to a faulty, “antiquated” sewage pump.

“If they came round every three days and emptied the sewer, then there wouldn’t be a problem,” he said.

Marvette Williams, whose kitchen flooded the day after she returned home from an operation, said: “I needed to rest. I shouldn’t have been bailing out water. I don’t see why we should have to live like this.”

Anne Walsh, a partially sighted 83-year-old who has lived in the block with her son for 27 years, added: “This has gone on for a long, long time. Last Christmas our kitchen flooded.

“It stinks. I feel ill all the time. We get sore throats and diarrhoea.”

A spokewoman for East Thames and Interserve, which carries out repairs for the company, said: “We would like to apologise to residents.

“The delay in the pump’s repair is due to it being difficult to get parts.

“We are sorry residents feel we are not responding to them adequately. We will increase waste removal to twice a week.”


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