Stink over Penicuik sewage flood

George Brand (left) & Archie Frizzel in the back garden of Mr Brand's property at 40 Loanburn Avenue, Penicuik that is being flooded with sewage due to a burst pipe further up the road.
George Brand (left) & Archie Frizzel in the back garden of Mr Brand's property at 40 Loanburn Avenue, Penicuik that is being flooded with sewage due to a burst pipe further up the road.

Penicuik residents are calling on Midlothian Council to take action to resolve a problem of waste water mixed with human excrement flooding into their gardens.

For the past six months, those living along a stretch of Loanburn Avenue have had to deal with sewerage rising in their back gardens because of a damaged pipeline. The problem happens during periods of heavy rain.

The pipe was damaged when the council carried out work to underpin a nearby house.

Residents have complained that when it rains, their gardens fill up with human excrement, toilet paper and foul smelling water.

Retired builder George Brand (64), who lives at 40 Loanburn Avenue with his 90-year-old mother Margaret, has to fence off the garden when his niece’s young children visit.

Retired postman Archie Frizzel (66), who has lived at 28 Loanburn Avenue with his wife Sheila (66) for 45 years, said the council had already had to reseed his lawn because of the damage caused by the flooding.

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