The sewage pipes from a new housing development on the Fishburn Estate have been ‘illegally’ connected causing raw material to be poured into the highways drains.
Pipework from the house on Cleveland Terrace, which has been converted into seven apartments, has been connected to the highways drain network rather than the mains sewer.
The misconnection came to light when officers from Yorkshire Water and Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) were investigating how raw sewage came to spill out into the street on Esk Terrace a fortnight ago following heavy rainfall.
Local resident Dr Elaine Edmunds contacted the Gazette because she and fellow neighbours were concerned about the health risks because as well as raw sewage other items such as condoms, toilet paper and tampons were strewn across the street where children often play.
Dr Edmunds said sewage had been coming back up through the drains over the last few months when there had been downpours and SBC says the misconnection was a contributing factor as well as the main problem which turned out to be a collapsed drain.
Council staff have cleaned up the area and North Yorkshire County Council was set to repair the collapsed drain this week.
Steve Pogson, SBC’s health and community safety manager, said; “There are two separate elements to the problem. Firstly the visible foul water that has been evident above the ground has been as a result of a collapsed highways drain.
“Secondly, as a result of the collapsed drain, it has come to light that the highways drain is carrying foul water, which shouldn’t be the case.
“We believe this has been caused by a misconnection during the construction of the nearby residential development.
“It is important to note however, that there are no pollution issues associated with the misconnection because the highways drain does drain into the mains sewer.
“We are very keen to ensure that the misconnection issue is rectified though and are negotiating with the developers as to how this can be taken forward as soon as possible.”