'It smells disgusting': Scarborough residents' frustration over raw sewage leak on North Marine Road

Issues with the drainage system on a busy Scarborough road have resulted in raw sewage being leaked.

By Martina Moscariello
Monday, 10th February 2020, 2:58 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 4:42 pm

Residents of North Marine Road have reported raw sewage flowing across the pavement and onto the road from a set of steps opposite The Albert Inn.

Geoff Murdoch said: “It’s been going on for at least six months. Yorkshire Water have been sending out a tanker to drain the sewer [but] 12/18 hours later it starts flowing again across the pavement and into the gutter.

“It smells disgusting and there’s people walking through it with dogs and prams.”

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Raw sewage on North Marine Road.

According to Mr Murdoch, many people have been in touch with Yorkshire Water in the last few months in the hope to get the leak repaired. However, despite the issue being ongoing since last summer, the cause of the problem is yet to be addressed.

His concern is that the leak poses a potential health risk.

“This is raw sewage and they seem reluctant to do anything about it. It’s horrible,” he added.

“They drain it and after a while it dries but all the germs have got to be on the pavement.”

The raw sewage leak.

Yorkshire Water have confirmed they will investigate.

A spokesperson said: “There have been a number of issues with sewage escape in the area and we have been on site numerous occasions to clear blockages and drains as we understand the distress these issues can cause. We will shortly be carrying out a dig on the site to fully investigate the issue.”