Action to stop 'pungent' Montpelier problem

Repairs are due to take place to fix a sewage leak which has been causing a "pungent" smell in a street in Bristol.

The problem, in Richmond Road, Montpelier, was reported in early June but it is believed the pipe is privately owned and its owner is away.

A Bristol City Council spokesman said it had served a legal notice on the owner requiring the work to be done.

He said that expired on Monday and if the owner had not appealed, the council would start work on the pipe itself.

Council spokesman Tom Gilchrist added that the legal notice was serviced on the owner on 14 June giving him 21 days to repair the damage.

'Strong smell'

"We will be down there later to check whether the problem has been resolved," he said.

"The amount of sewage that is seeping into the road is tiny. There is undoubtedly a strong smell of sewage in the area... but that is not a public health problem.

"If we went ahead and carried out the repair without going through the formal legal processes, the city would undoubtedly have to take the cost to the council taxpayers.

"Because we have followed the correct procedures the owner will be charged for any repairs we have to do.

"If there was large quantities of sewage flowing down the streets we would have undoubtedly acted sooner," he added.

Neither the city council or the BBC have been able to contact the owner of the property, who is believed to be abroad.

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