Lancing sewage leak. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

Lancing road flooded by sewage after another burst - 'It's going to be a very smelly Christmas'

Lancing residents are reeling after yet another sewage leak just days before Christmas.

By Sam Morton
Wednesday, 22nd December 2021, 5:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd December 2021, 5:37 pm

Photos and video footage from West Beach shows heavy sewage flooding onto pavements and driveways this afternoon (Wednesday, December 22).

A pipe reportedly burst on West Way, near Bristol Avenue. The fourth burst in three months on the same residential estate comes a week after Southern Water made emergency repairs to a burst sewer on Orient Road. This, at the time, was compared to a 'scene from a disaster movie'. Click here to read more

"We are up to our ankles in it," said Geoff Patmore, the vice-chairman of the West Beach Residents’ Association.

"Something is drastically wrong with the whole system on West Beach. I can smell it in the house. It's appalling.

"It's going to be a very smelly Christmas, not a merry Christmas."

Geoff said there is a 'sense of overwhelming frustration' among residents, adding: "When is enough, enough? When will they bite the bullet and replace the whole lot?

"I don't know how much more it will rise. It's still very worrying,

"Something has got to be done. Everytime they repair it, it bursts almost immediately."

Geoff said tankers had been brought in in the last hour. These have previously been used to protect the environment and manage flows, so people can use their facilities as normal.

Click here to see Southern Water's statement

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