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Building ban for Co Down town after sewage system gets overloaded

Flooding in Saintfield
Flooding in Saintfield

A ban has been imposed on developments in a Co Down town due to its sewer system becoming overloaded.

Northern Ireland Water has announced that no new homes will be built in Saintfield after raw sewage began to flow from manhole covers during recent heavy downpours.

Last week Strangford MP Jim Shannon met with local residents in the area who had raised the issue.

Grand Jury Road was one of the main areas where the issue was noticed.

BBC reports two new developments which will provide 30 homes are under construction on Grand Jury Road, with planning permission in place for a further 20 homes on the road.

Saintfield was flooded during torrential downpours at the end of July, which impacted businesses and homes across Northern Ireland.

According to NI Water, the problem of sewage overflow steps from outdated infrastructure throughout Northern Ireland.

The utility is currently investing around £2m a week in water and wastewater services across the province, and £1.9bn has been invested in water and sewerage infrastructure over the past 10 years.

It is estimated around £2.5bn is required to modernise waste water infrastructure in the province.

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