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Editor’s comment: No one should have to live with this filth

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 November 2017

The sewage drain overflowing into the car park at Beehive Court

The sewage drain overflowing into the car park at Beehive Court

Archant

This story might make you heave, but the shocking pictures of rivers of human waste flooding the car park outside retirement homes should outrage us.

No one deserves to have to live like this. One flood from the sewers is very unpleasant but occasionally blockages can happen.

But if it happened to you, you would expect it to be cleared up, the problem repaired. You would be confident it wouldn’t happen again.

For the residents of Beehive Court, Harold Wood, it is a regular occurrence over the past six months.

The pensioners who live there have to walk through human excrement and used toilet paper to get to their cars.

One man has to push his wife in her wheelchair through it to get to their disabled parking space.

That is just not on.

Fair enough, the council is quick to arrive after a flood and clear the foul-smelling sewage away.

But that doesn’t stop it happening again. And again.

Whatever is causing this horrendous problem, it probably isn’t within the council’s remit.

It is probably something within the sewerage system, the underground pipework which will probably come under one of the water companies.

But these people deserve a full investigation and a solution.

On a happier note, how lovely to see the community come together in support of seven-year-old Oliver Foster after he was heartbroken by thieves stealing the first pumpkin he had ever carved (see page 5).

Oliver has autism and when charity Smile London and Essex saw his mum’s Facebook post about the theft, it arranged a surprise Halloween party for him.

Friends, family and neighbours turned up and made it the best Halloween ever for Oliver.

Now that’s a real treat after a rotten trick.

Well done to Smile London founder Maria Rackley.

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