Stalybridge Archery Club claims leaking sewer could be health hazard

STALYBRIDGE Archery Club has fired a broadside at the authorities and appealed to the Correspondent for help to resolve the long-running saga of a leaking sewer outside their base.

Secretary Alison McGowan, who says she is “still being passed from pillar to post”, claims it is a potential health hazard.

After battling the authorities for 12 months, Alison said: “This may be a long shot but I was wondering if you could help me.

“There has been a sewage leak at the joint entrance to Stalybridge Archery club, Priory Tennis Club and Cheetham Park on and off for the best part of a year.

“United Utilities have informed me that the line is private and not their responsibility. I made seven phone calls to Tameside Council in one week alone.

“Most departments don’t answer and those who do say it’s down to another department and someone will call me back.

“As I’m sure you can image it smells awful so we know it is sewage and it is running through the joint entrance into the park and wildlife reserve.

“I am now concerned about that this may become a health hazard for both children and animals in the area.

Despite United Utilities claiming it was not their problem as it was on private land, Alison said they have been out and piped the drain.

“This has stopped it leaking but it has been recurring several times over the last year. The tarmac around the manhole is still damaged and visibly sinking,” Alison continued.

In a separate incident, Jean Latchford contacted the Correspondent about a blocked drain in Cheetham Park.

She wrote: “Further to the recent articles about blocked drains on Mottram Road, Stalybridge, I am sending a photo of the drainage problem in Cheetham Park.

“This has been ongoing for most of the winter. Perhaps you could find out what is being done to sort it.”

A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of this drainage issue in Cheetham Park and our officers are working to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

“A team will be attending the site on February 26 to inspect the location and attempt to clear the water.

“Tameside Council contractors will be investigating the possibility of a collapsed drain further along which is causing the problem.

“The constant heavy rainfall combined with the site being a natural hollow which collects water have both made this situation worse than normal.

“After the recent storms our operatives are currently focusing on keeping Tameside’s highways clear of water.”

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