Still no solution to sewerage backflow problem.
Although Southern Water engineers have been working in Hasteds this week there is no solution yet in sight for the sewerage backflow problem that was first identified in 2007 when new 14 houses were proposed for Hasteds. The engineers have been relining the two 150mm pipes which lead into Hasteds where they feed into one 150mm pipe which runs under Grove Mill pond and down the bourne valley. There is a problem with the pipe under the pond which requires the system to be jetted out on a regular basis via a manhole in the front garden of a private house in Hasteds.
It is understood that a a proper solution to the problem is far more complicated than expected. Southern Water had planned to send a mole down the exit pipe to widen it but that has proved not be a viable option and local residents await new proposals.
Hollingbourne Parish Council unsuccessfully opposed the development of 14 new houses in Eyhorne Street in May 2014 on a number of grounds including the known backflow problem. It is understood that Maidstone Borough Council did not ask the developer to arrange with Southern Water at the time for a sewerage capacity check which is voluntary rather than mandatory despite the serious concern expressd by the Parish Council. The houses are presently under construction and the first ones should be available for occupation next month. Hollingbourne Parish Council has resolved to oppose all new building until the sewerage system is made to work properly.
This is a separate problem to that of surface water drainage which has caused flooding in the Tanyard Green area over the last year and which is also unresolved and is the responsibility of KCC Highways.
Pictured below is Hasteds with the vans of Southern Water and their contractors who plan to finish their lining work today.