Anger as sewage plant leaves waste by homes

Myrtle Young in her flooded field with horse Paddy
Myrtle Young in her flooded field with horse Paddy

A couple from Clifton have expressed their anger after a sewage plant burst and spread excrement over their four-acre field.

The Thames Water plant exceeded its capacity after this week’s heavy rainfall and spread on to land at Manor Barn in Chapel Close, the home of Myrtle and Leslie Young for 26 years.

Mrs Young, 75, said: “This problem has been going on for a long time as more properties have been built in the village. We have had engineers come out and look at it without doing anything, every time it rains I wonder if I will be able to flush the toilet. It has been hell for us both.

“I have a horse in that field and have had to install an electric fence to stop him getting near the sewage; it was coming up like a fountain and it just can’t cope with the amount of properties it serves.”

The village has gradually increased in size over the years and an application to build a six-bedroom home with five bathrooms has now been submitted to Cherwell District Council.

Nadya Sawney also lives in Chapel Close and has objected to further homes being built.

She said: “When the plant was built there were no new-built properties in Chapel Close and little estates like there are today, such as Walnut Close. The smell is absolutely unbelievable. When we renovated our house we made sure the smell was nothing to do with the property, but once we got the all clear the smell was getting worse.”

A spokesperson for Thames Water said: “We know sewer flooding is a horrible experience and we’re very sorry to any of our customers who have been flooded in this weather.

“We are doing all we can to help manage the flows.”