Bristol

Work under way on sewage leak drain in Bristol street

Work has begun to fix a sewage leak in a Bristol street after the owner of the drain failed to repair it.

The leak was from a private property in Richmond Road, Montpelier, and a "pungent" smell was reported to the city council in early June.

A legal notice was served on the owner requiring the work to be done, but this expired on 5 July and the council has now started the work itself.

The owner of the property is believed to be abroad.

A council spokesman said: "An Emergency Road Closure order has been signed and Richmond Road will be closed to traffic for the next few days to enable the drain excavation works to be undertaken.

Owner invoiced

"A new section of pipe will replace the broken drain and the work should be completed by the afternoon of 9 July."

The spokesman said previously that the amount of sewage seeping into the road was "tiny".

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

The owner will be charged for the repairs and the officer time involved.

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