Family’s garden waste nightmare

NILABE111116a2, Sewage seeping through the wall on the back garden, Stamford street Ilkeston. Joanne and baby Beatrice Wilson.
NILABE111116a2, Sewage seeping through the wall on the back garden, Stamford street Ilkeston. Joanne and baby Beatrice Wilson.
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A GARDEN belonging to an Ilkeston family with a newborn baby has been off limits for months after waste water poured in from a neighbouring property.

Furious couple Miguel and Joanne Wilson, concerned for the health of their four-week old daughter Beatrice, have had to stay out of their Stamford Street garden.

The couple claim that since filthy water started seeping through the wall at the bottom of the garden in August, they have been forced to struggle down six steep steps at the front of the house with Beatrice’s pushchair for fear what the wheels will bring into their Stamford Street home.

Heating engineer Miguel has blasted Pelham Properties, of Burns Street, which owns the house in Essex Street with the problem pipes, for taking four months to take action.

“It feels like they just think, ‘it’s not our problem’ and that’s that,” he said.

“You definitely wouldn’t want to stand in it, and you have no idea what sort of diseases it could cause, especially for a young baby. The smell is really bad too.”

Since tenants moved in to the property, Miguel and Joanne’s problems have got worse.

Joanne said that since Miguel has gone back to work after paternity leave she has been forced to take Beatrice and the two dogs through the front to avoid the mess.

“It’s been a nightmare,” she said, “I won’t even go in the garden.”

Manager of Pelham Properties Steve Cook claimed he had only been informed about the problem three weeks ago and workmen were due to fix the problem yesterday (Wednesday): “The wall at the bottom of Mr Wilson’s garden does have sink waste water coming through it. That problem has now been addressed.”