Toil and trouble bubble through suburb of Hutten Heights

A pool of sewage forms in the parking lot of La Bri Retirement Village.

HUTTEN HEIGHTS – Leaking sewage was reported in Gemsbok Avenue, as well as in Mossie, Ayliff and Fyfe streets during the course of the past week.

“This happens on a regular basis and we are forced to drive through this water, which in my eyes is a health hazard,” claimed a resident of Fyfe Street.

He said sewage would often flow from a vacant plot of land onto La Bri Retirement Village.

He claimed no long term-solution was ever provided to solve the problem.

“They [municipality] just come out and stop the leak, until it starts again.”

Gemsbok Avenue was particularly affected.

Ward 2 Councillor, Bebsie Cronje said she was disgusted and tried to resolve the issue.

“While it is not my ward, I cannot just ignore the problem. What gets to me, is that school children and other pedestrians have to walk through this.”

The leak was reported by at least five residents who all received reference numbers.

“This is outrageous; it breaks my heart to see Newcastle going down the drain because of poor leadership.”

Ward 4 Councillor, Bertie Meiring said the leak in Gemsbok Avenue was resolved on Thursday, March 2, but that a de-sanitation team was necessary to clean the waste.

“The source of the leak was opened three times yesterday (March 1), and I was promised that a team would resolve the matter.”

Newcastle Municipality customer relations manager, Doctor Dumisani Thabethe blamed the heavy rains for the sewage leaks.

Read full story in the Newcastle Advertiser newspaper.


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