Sheffield sewer leak saga demand

(Lt to Rt) Pat Howells, Friends of ShirtcliffeTreasurer, Clive Betts MP &  Friends of ShirtcliffeTreasurer member Mike Howells on the main path, site of the sewage leak. The main sewer that runs underground along the bottom of Shirtcliffe Valley.
(Lt to Rt) Pat Howells, Friends of ShirtcliffeTreasurer, Clive Betts MP & Friends of ShirtcliffeTreasurer member Mike Howells on the main path, site of the sewage leak. The main sewer that runs underground along the bottom of Shirtcliffe Valley.
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Urgent action is needed to finally fix a saga of sewage leaks plaguing a footpath, a Sheffield MP has demanded.

Clive Betts, Labour MP for Sheffield South East, has raised the issue of continued leaks in Shirtcliffe Valley with Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency.

A sewer runs beneath a footpath in the valley.

However, when there is heavy rain, sewage leaks out of stacks along the path.

Mr Betts and the Friends of Shirtcliffe Valley persuaded Yorkshire Water to fix a broken pipe last month and to raise the height of sewage stacks.

However, Mr Betts said: “The problem still happens in very heavy rain and it is unacceptable to have sewage overflowing on to a footpath.

“Yorkshire Water has said it could include a more permanent solution, such as a storm tank or larger pipe to prevent overflowing, but that could be in its next five-year programme of work.

“We shouldn’t have to wait that long.”

Peter Wolstenholme, a member of the friends, said: “We would like to thank the Environment Agency and Mr Betts for their help and support to resolve this problem.”