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New sewer to bring relief

A new combined sewer is to be built in east Belfast to alleviate frequent flooding problems.

Bapaume and Thiepval Avenue are to receive this new combined sewer system as the area has been 'hit by flooding over the last number of years and many people living there have had their homes ruined as a result'.

NI Water is scheduled to commence this essential sewer improvement work on January 24.

UUP MLA Sir Reg Empey said: “The work that is necessary to fit the sewer system will cause disruption to the area, but I think it will be worth it if the new sewer system puts an end to flooding.”

DUP MLA Robin Newton said: “The sewerage system within Hamel Drive, Bapaume Avenue and Theipval Avenue is below modern day standards.

“There have been homes flooded in Hamel Drive and over the past two years and a number of close calls when homes missed flooding by a couple of inches.

“Gardens have been flooded by raw sewerage and obviously this brought a health risk to children and older persons,” he added.

NI Water has confirmed that work is planned to commence during the week commencing January 24 at Montgomery Road and will continue along Bapaume Avenue.

Bapaume Avenue will be closed to through traffic from January 24 to March 4. Thiepval Avenue will then be closed for a similar period to allow for completion of the work.

Belfast Telegraph