Experts probe cause of raw sewage leak

Carole Jordan (left) and her mother Ann outside their North Bay beach chalet. They are concerned that sewage may have washed up on the shore. 113147a
Carole Jordan (left) and her mother Ann outside their North Bay beach chalet. They are concerned that sewage may have washed up on the shore. 113147a

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into the cause of a leakage of raw sewage into the North Sea off Scarborough.

An electrical fault is believed to have led to the leak and Yorkshire Water’s Toll House pumping station but a spokesman for the utility said the exact cause would not be known until the investigation into the circumstances was completed.

Council workmen clear weed from North Bay beach.'113147b

Council workmen clear weed from North Bay beach.'113147b

He said: “We’d like to apologise for an operational failure at our Toll House pumping station which has led to some sewage being discharged via our short sea outfall at Marine Drive for a brief period on Wednesday afternoon.

“A full investigation is already well underway, and we believe at this stage that in part this failure came as a result of an electrical fault at the plant.

“As soon as the discharge was brought to our attention we immediately put a stop to it, and we then worked closely with the council’s beach management team to monitor any debris which was carried away by the tide.

“We have also conducted extensive beach checks to check for any debris on beaches, but so far none has been found.”

But one North Bay chalet user was concerned about pollution on the beach when her seven-year-old daughter became ill on Wednesday afternoon.

Carole Jordan, of Gordon Street, said she had spotted toilet roll in the seaweed on the beach and wondered what had happened.

She said: “I am not allowing my kids into the sea. My seven-year-old daughter said she had a tummy ache.”

Miss Jordan said her daughter was feeling better by Thursday but she was not eating.

She added that tourists were also complaining about the state of the beach.

She said: “When I was a kid there was a sewer pipe a mile out to sea – it would all come back onto the beach.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen toilet roll on the beach in years. The sewage can go anywhere but it’s still in the water.”