Persistent sewage problems in a Kildare town housing estate have left residents at their wits end, writes Niamh O’Donoghue.
Coolaghknock Gardens, The Plains and The Curragh Plains are in NAMA and the residents have been left in the lurch as the estate cannot be taken in charge by Kildare County Council.
Resident, Mary Callan explains; “At the back of my wall, there is sewage overflowing from two shores. The smell is dreadful. We have to plug the holes up in the shower and the sink in the ensuite every night because the smell comes up the pipes.”
She said a man comes out from the council to check the pumping station at the bottom of the estate and a tanker comes to clear out the system. However, she wants the problem sorted once and for all.
Residents Association Chairman, Peter Whelan said a crew had been sent out to do a CCTV survey of the pipes but were delayedbecause every manhole was blocked.
He believes the pipe work was not installed correctly. Mr. Whelan questioned how the plans were signed off when the developer got planning permission.
“Who signed off on these plans? Did the council sign off on them or did the engineer sign off on them and why did they do so?,” he questioned.
“On a hot day here, the stench would kill you. There are major health and safety issues. Kids are getting stomach bugs. It’s not on,”
Newbridge Town Cllr. and local election candidate, Murty Aspell said this was a 12th century problem in a 21st century housing estate.
“These people cannot be expected to live like this. Something has to be done,” he declared.