Carlton residents hit out at ‘ridiculous’ leak that has ‘lasted weeks’


Residents in Carlton have complained of a ‘ridiculous’ leak, which they say has been lasting for weeks.

The water, which has been gushing from a water supply on Station Road, has been described as a potential hazard by people living in the area.

“I have to paddle every time I go out,” said Susan Powell, who lives close by.

The 62-year-old added: “I asked my friend if it had been raining the other day, but it was that leak – it’s ridiculous.

“We’re getting close to winter now so it could get icy. We’ve got a lot of old people round here in wheelchairs and on crutches.”

Severn Trent said that the solution was “complicated”.

“It’s been going on for weeks,” continued Ms Powell.

“They (Severn Trent) fixed it but we had some heavy rain and it came right back up.

“It was supposed to have been sorted but it still hasn’t. It’s come back again.”

Elliott Ukelonu, a 39-year-old healthcare assistant, said: “The water is being wasted. This place is always flooding.”

He added that it was a problem when he lived right beside the site of the leak four years ago.

“It usually happens in summer time so for it to happen in winter is strange, it needs to be fixed.”

Colin Blower, 76, added: “It’s been weeks and weeks that it’s been like this. I have to cross the road every time I walk down here, it’s that bad – luckily I’ve got good shoes on today.”

A spokesperson for Severn Trent said: “We’re sorry to customers for the disruption caused by a water leak on Station Road. Our teams have been out to investigate the leak on a number of occasions.

“Unfortunately, the repair has proved to be a little bit more complicated than we previously thought, because of its proximity to other utility networks.

“We’re pleased to say no one’s water supply has been affected as a result of this.

“We’re doing everything we can to get the repair done and stop the leak as quickly and as safely as possible. We’re really grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding.”



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