Anger as human waste leaks onto play site

Residents on Eastfield Chase estate who are angry after sewage leaked onto a field and children's play area.
Residents on Eastfield Chase estate who are angry after sewage leaked onto a field and children's play area.

Angry residents have hit out after human sewage poured onto a play area – potentially claiming the life of a dog in the process.

People living on the Eastfield Chase estate in Cramlington say they have been put off using the recreational area to the rear of Porchester Drive.

We need to make sure this doesn’t happen again – this is a lovely play area ruined now by yet another incident

Christine Dunbar

The children’s play area and open space was contaminated by human waste which overflowed from pipework onto the fields in June.

And Kelly Taylor believes her dog died as a result of being covered in decayed human toilet waste.

She said: “I took my dog Max out onto the field and noticed it was rolling in what looked like mud but then I saw it was human waste, tampons and toilet tissue.

“I had to get my dog out of the mess and home to clean it up. I was vomiting the smell was so bad – and within 14 days my dog was dead.

“My dog was perfectly healthy till this happened and someone needs to give me and the community answers about this disgusting mess.”

Norman and Christine Dunbar, who live near the park area, have been helping residents sort out the problem, speaking with Northumbrian Water, Northumberland County Council and the Environment Agency.

Christine said: “The main issue is this is a kids play area, normally buzzing during the holidays but now its empty because local people don’t want their kids or animals anywhere near this land despite it having been cleaned up.

“We need to make sure this doesn’t happen again – this is a lovely play area ruined now by yet another incident.”

A spokesperson for Northumbrian Water said: “We are aware of one incident where there has been flooding from our sewer in June.

“We attended the site and carried out a thorough litter pick and clean up and since then we’ve checked the pipe and believe there is oil, fat and grease in the pipe so we’re going to clean it out and put cameras down to check there’s nothing structurally wrong.

“We don’t have any evidence to suggest the dog died because of the sewage spill.

“We’ve been out and spoken to residents and asked them to let us know if they see any more flooding.”

A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “The sewer is the responsibility of Northumbrian Water. The council can provide assistance to NWL in helping to inspect and clean the site when they request this.”