Residents in Loughton were concerned recently when black slurry started to seep onto a green space close to a public pathway in Forest Road.

The sewage spilled onto a green area which is used by dog walkers and played on regularly by children. When the spill was noticed by local resident Tom Richardson, he immediately reported it. He said in the local Guardian:

“I reported it to the City of London Corporation about three weeks ago the first time, then I reported it again.”

Mr Richardson’s wife commented:

“It’s black, it’s unsightly, unpleasant and it could be hazardous. You don’t expect to have to walk on that when it’s a public footpath.”

After the problem wasn’t dealt with, Mr Richardson reported it to Epping District council. It was only when the local Guardian got involved however that the problem was sorted. They contacted the City of London Corporation who directed them to Thames water. A Thames Water spokesperson said:

“We went out in July to clean the sewer pipe, but it unfortunately appears that this didn’t solve the problem.”

The problem was dealt with promptly by the London waste water company, who attended the site on the 6th of August.

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