Councillors call for town’s sewers to be upgraded

Market Weighton High street
Market Weighton High street

Councillors in Market Weighton are calling for the town’s sewage system to be upgraded to deal with the increasing number of houses being built in the town.

Peter Hemmerman, Nigel Chicken and Nigel Botting say action needs to be taken as residents are frequently having to cope with their gardens being flooded with sewage. They say there is also a surface 
water problem in the town, with water often reaching the doorsteps of houses as the sewage system struggles to cope when it rains.

The trio claim that a representative from Yorkshire Water told the town council at a recent meeting that flooding and sewage problems will continue in the town unless the water company can secure the funding to improve the sewage system.

It comes as planning applications to build 62 new houses on Londesborough Road and 71 new homes on Hawling Road have recently been submitted to East Riding Council.

Coun Chicken said: “The sewage system cannot cope.

“Yorkshire Water has openly admitted that unless it gets the funding for this £2.1million underground sewage tank then flooding and sewage problems will continue. However, it doesn’t want to admit this to East Riding Council.

“The planning authority will continue to allow houses to be built in Market Weighton as they’ve got nothing from Yorkshire Water to say they shouldn’t.”

Coun Hemmerman added: “Local people are asking what we are doing as town councillors but there is nothing we can do about it.”

Yorkshire Water says it has carried out a camera survey of a mile-long stretch of sewer downstream of Westfield Road and some de-silting work on this stretch of sewer.

A Yorkshire Water spokesperson said: “We apologise to our customers in Market Weighton who have been affected by sewer flooding. We are currently carrying out an investigation of the local sewerage system which will help us identify a long term solution. As our investigations are not yet complete we aren’t in a position to confirm whether we will be investing in the storage tank discussed at the town council meeting. We will continue to update the town council with our progress.

“We scrutinise planning applications on a case by case basis to assess any impact on waste water and water infrastructure. We then respond to the individual planning application as appropriate.”