VILLAGERS tormented by a plague of flies have approached the Environment Agency.
Residents in the Hazeldene Lane-Coldharbour Lane area of North Chailey believe sewage from a broken pipe seeped into the soil and flies laid eggs in the earth, resulting in the current infestation. Richard Rutherford, who lives at Hazeldene Lane, described the situation as “a nightmare”.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “The Agency’s role is to support the local authority deal with infestations of pests, where the source is caused by controlled waste.
“Lewes District Council has been working to resolve the fly infestation issue near Chailey. They believe that this infestation is caused by a sewage leak from the Southern Water sewage network. Southern Water have checked their network and completed some repair work. We regard sewage that has leaked from a pipe as controlled waste.
“We are now supporting Lewes District Council to identify the source of the flies. They have identified a potential source of infestation in a boggy area in the local woods.
“We’re using laboratory analysis to establish whether this source is being fed by a possible underground sewage leak. We are waiting for the results, which will take up to 10 days, and we will share them with Lewes District Council. We are pressing Southern Water to continue to investigate whether there are any leaks in their pipes and if there are, to repair them.”