Misery for businesses after burst water pipe in Woodford Green

Mr Halil, owner of Whistle ‘n’ Flute dry cleaners, said sewage water from the pipe is being emitted

Mr Halil, owner of Whistle n Flute dry cleaners, said sewage water from the pipe is being emitted straight at his business. - Credit: Archant

A burst water main in Woodford Green has left residents infuriated by a lack of action from company Thames Water after it started seeping water three months ago.

Sewage, seeping up through the pavement, is starting to affect businesses along the road. Photo cred

Sewage, seeping up through the pavement, is starting to affect businesses along the road. Photo credit Ron Wortley-Millek - Credit: Archant

Councillors at the Area Two Committee meeting on Tuesday were left to answer questions from exasperated residents about when the pipe in High Road - on the junction of Derby Road - would be fixed.

And now sewage, seeping up through the pavement, is starting to affect businesses along the road.

Ron Wortley-Millek, of Forest Approach, Woodford Green, said: “In my opinion Thames Water have washed their hands of us.

“When it rains the street floods. The sewer points need to rodded and the drains need to be cleaned.”


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Thames Water has visited the site twice since the incident was first reported.

Certach Halil, 33, owns a dry cleaners opposite the burst pipe, but did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

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He said: “It took about three to four weeks for something to done about it.

“Thames Water dug up the road but got no joy in finding where the leak was coming from.

“People are avoiding the area.”

Mr Halil, owner of Whistle ‘n’ Flute dry cleaners, said sewage water from the pipe is being emitted straight at his business.

“It is causing a mess outside these shops. Can you just imagine what is coming out of the drains?

“I pay up to £1,000 of business rates each month for this not happen and it is making a nuisance of my life.”

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr James O’Shea (Conservative, Monkhams) was unsure why the problem had not been resolved.

“Whether Thames Water have done their job I do not know,” he said.

A Thames Water spokesman told the Recorder workers were doing all they could to find where the water was coming from.

The spokesman said: “We’re really sorry for the time it has taken us to sort this out and for any disruption to residents.

“We’re now working as fast as we can to find this elusive leak, get it fixed, and get the road back to normal.”

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