Company will take a closer look at sewer

Hampden Pk Tennis Club Committee Member Wayne Peacock SUS-140109-103714001
Hampden Pk Tennis Club Committee Member Wayne Peacock SUS-140109-103714001

Southern Water has agreed to fully investigate a troublesome sewer in Hampden Park after it overflowed for a second time in nine months.

Residents complained after raw sewage, used sanitary towels, used toilet paper and used prophylatics were strewn across the path when the manhole cover burst following a recent downpour.

Southern Water said it was due to the fact people put inappropriate items down their toilets blocking the sewer. But the firm has now agreed to carry out a full investigation using underground cameras to make sure there’s no problem with the sewage network itself. The change of heart came after Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd put pressure on Southern Water to resolve the recurring problem. He was assured extra action would be taken.

A Southern Water spokesperson said, “We received a report from a member of the public of a problem with a manhole in Hampden Park at 14.51 on August 28.

“This was the first we had received and we thank the person for bringing this to our attention as it meant we could send a crew out to clear the mess up as soon as possible. We received a previous report of an issue with this manhole in November 2013. It appears that the sewer has been blocked with items which should not be flushed down toilets including wet wipes and condoms. These should go in the bin. We apologise for this problem and ask customers to only flush pee, poo and paper.”