Father fears for children's safety due to back garden sewage leak


Jamie Nield-Siddall

A FATHER of three is concerned a sewage leak in his back garden is a danger to his children’s health.

Michael Fitzpatrick, of Trellewelyn Road in Rhyl, said he and his wife, Sandra, are worried to let their children play out in case they get ill.

Mr Fitzpatrick, who bought the property four years ago, said it has been an ongoing problem that is the responsibility of either Welsh Water or Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

“Welsh Water is responsible for the pipe and Clwyd Alyn is responsible for the leaking manhole directly behind my house,” he said.

“They are just passing the buck and nothing is getting done about it - It would be nice for someone to take responsibility.”

Welsh Water, who took ownership of the private sewer in 2011, is aware of the situation, and has since cleaned the sewer, and placed it on its regular maintenance list.

Clwyd Alyn said the problem with drainage had been traced back to a blockage caused by a dis-placed drainage joint on a separate private property further along the street.

Mr Fitzpatrick, 39, said he is also fearful the leak could cause his garden wall to collapse.

He said it is important for his children, Sarah Louise, seven, who suffers with cerebral palsey, Michael James, six, who is autistic, and one-year-old Cameron, to have the back garden space because they live on a busy road.

“It is causing a lot of problems - the kids can’t play out, but we have to let them go out sometimes,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

“It is Michael’s birthday coming up and we have bought him a bike, but he can only play in the back garden on it.”

A spokesman for Clwyd Alyn said: “We take all issues of our property maintenance extremely seriously and have fully investigated this matter. While we have authorised minor repair work as a precaution to the drain chamber on our property we are unable to assist with the direct cause of this blockage which does not lie on our land.”

A spokesman for Welsh Water, said: “We have been in touch with the environmental health department at Denbighshire County Council regarding the private ownership of the leaking manhole cover, to try to help resolve the situation.”

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