Dec 3 2012 By Michael Russell
Cynthia Neil of the Anglo Caribbean Society in front of a sewage puddle.
RESIDENTS are disgusted at Ealing Council's lack of action over a stinking sewage puddle in their estate.
Toilet paper and other foul-smelling debris can be seen floating in the waste water in Hanbury Road in South Acton Estate.
The United Anglo Caribbean Society are the worst hit as the health hazard is right outside their front door. Doreen Allen, a cook at the charity which provides lunch for the elderly, said she has been calling the council every day for more than two weeks.
She said: “It’s been putting people off coming, it’s terrible."
Volunteer Cynthia Neil said she cannot understand why Ealing Council has taken so long to fix the problem causing the sewage to seep up from under the pavement.
She said: “It’s a health and safety risk. It smells and and you can see the fecal matter coming up. This is a lunch club for the elderly. When the transport drops them off they have to try to step round it before they come in. There’s a nursery nearby and you have schoolchildren walking through it.”
A council spokeswoman said: "Contractors were sent out last week when this was first reported. Work was carried out to remove blockages but we now believe there is a more serious issue and that part of the drain may have collapsed.
"Contractors are due to use CCTV to find out the extent of the problem. We would also ask people not to pour fat or oil down sinks or toilets, or flush baby wipes as this appears to be contributing to the problem."