Plea to sort out drains in Dinas

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

By GEM Staff Reporter
in Local People

A Dinas Powys councillor has said that local drainage problems should be solved before more houses are given the green light in the village.

In recent weeks, there have been sewage problems at Fairoaks Sheltered Housing Complex in the Murch, Dinas Powys. Residents from Vale Court, Plas Essylt, Youlden House and Fairoaks have complained about sewage overflowing their toilets, and sewers overflowing onto their gardens.

In separate incidents, two residents called out the emergency services on Christmas Day.

Cllr Steve Griffiths said: “Where is the dignity in that? I didn’t become a councillor to have the elderly in my constituency treated in this disgraceful way. I want some proper answers from all concerned.”

Cllr Griffiths wants Welsh Water and the Vale Council to resolve matters.

Cllr Griffiths said he found it ironic that new housing in Dinas at the old St Cyres School site might be about to get the go-ahead when the current drainage system couldn’t cope.

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A Welsh Water spokeswoman said that after receiving reports of flooding in the Dinas Powys area the company immediately sent a team to the affected sites to investigate.

“Our initial investigations highlighted the flooding incidents were caused by blockages in our sewer system. We are undertaking additional survey work to identify where these blockages are.

“Sewer blockages are often caused by inappropriate items being flushed away and the build-up of cooking oils and fats which are poured down the sink.

“We urge customers to help avoid sewer blockages by disposing of waste materials properly. If anyone experiences wastewater flooding, we would ask them to call our helpline immediately on 0800 085 3968.

“Dwr Cymru Welsh Water supports development and growth in our operating area wherever possible.

“When responding to planning applications we must take into consideration the impact on our network and the health and safety of our customers whilst also ensuring we can continue to protect the environment.

“We have worked with the Vale Council to understand the need of their Local Development Plan to ensure that any development does not impact on the services we provide or affect the local environment.”

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