Council and water company deny responsibility for mystery three-month water leak in Redbridge

10:38 20 December 2012

Martin Greenberg reported water coming from the man hole in Woodford Bridge Road in October.

Martin Greenberg reported water coming from the man hole in Woodford Bridge Road in October.


Redbridge Council and water companies are denying responsibility for a mystery water leak that ran in Redbridge for three months.

Resident Martin Greenberg, of Roding Lane South, said he reported water running from a man hole in Woodford Bridge Road in October to water companies and Redbridge Council.

He said: “It’s a steady stream all the time running across the pavement and into the road.

“I’m worried about people walking on it when it freezes over in the cold weather.

“It’s very dangerous and there are a lot of elderly people here.”

Mr Greenberg, who is the chairman of Clayhall United Synagogue, added that on Jewish sabbath the congregation cannot avoid walking across the leak because they are not allowed to drive.

A Thames Water spokesman said engineers visited the site on October 19 but found it was not coming from their pipes.

He added: “We believe this is ground water leaking from a nearby drain and so we notified the local council.”

But a Redbridge Council spokesman said officers had notified Thames Water of the problem after discovering it on November 19 and the water company “confirmed that they would deal with the matter”.

He added: “Thames Water visited the site on 14 December and could not find a leak and said that no action was necessary.”

On Monday, council officers also visited the site and confirmed the leak had stopped.

It is not known why the leak stopped or what caused it in the first place.

The council spokesman added: “Thames Water Utility and the council will monitor the location in case the leak re-emerges so any appropriate action can be taken.”


Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:06

The South Woodford Royal Mail delivery office could be moving to Chingford, the Recorder can reveal.

Yesterday, 16:25

A former coroner for Redbridge has been suspended and an investigation into his conduct launched after families complained of waiting more than a year for death certificates.

Yesterday, 15:59

An Indian restaurateur will open a new upmarket eatery next month inspired by an ancient Asian trading route.

Yesterday, 15:00
Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra and Jacqueline Grieve, Chair of Redbridge Faith Forum lead the Interfaith peace walk at the Buddhist Vihara in Ilford.

Faithful followers joined together to take part in an interfaith walk.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now