'Absolutely disgusting': Harold Wood pensioners suffer six months of raw sewage flowing into car park
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 November 2017
Imagine spending six months having to dodge rivers of poo and clumps of used toilet roll while trying to get into your car.
That is exactly what residents at Beehive Court, a block of sheltered and retirement housing just off Gubbins Lane in Harold Wood, have had to put up with.
For six months life has become increasingly more horrendous for them, as fresh sewage repeatedly spurts from a single manhole cover in the car park.
Donna Slate, a carer who frequently visits residents at Beehive Court, told the Recorder the council often comes and clears the sewage, but had repeatedly failed to get to the bottom of what was causing it.
She said: “It is absolutely disgusting, there is toilet roll and sewage spilling out across the car park and I can’t even begin to describe the smell.
“These are vulnerable people living here and I think it’s terrible this is still happening.
“I’m not a plumber and even I can tell there’s a blockage somewhere that needs to be cleared.”
Although the problem is solved intermittently, it always rears its smelly head again, and residents say they have called council workers out dozens of times since the problems began back in May.
Donna added: “One of the poor men who lives right outside the drain has a disabled wife, so every time they go out, to get to his car he has to walk her through it – it’s disgraceful.
“If I had to go into any of the houses on the other side of the car park, and actually had to walk through it, I wouldn’t be allowed into their homes because I’d be walking all that muck in with me.
“Every time I park up, before I get out I have to zip my coat up all the way over my nose just to try and block the smell out. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live there.”
A Havering Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the issue at Beehive Court and apologise to residents for any inconvenience. We are currently investigating, and if necessary, will liaise and work with the water company to resolve this issue.”