Loo must be joking – lady,79, fears she will be blasted from throne in sewage saga

A woman fears her loo will explode when she’s sitting on it due to a bunged-up sewage pipe.

The long-running saga has plagued 79-year-old Sarah Kelly for months.

Every time the pipe is cleared it blocks again as there has been an underground collapse.

The latest blockage at the Linwood flats has been ongoing for the past three weeks.

And disabled window Sarah said: “I’m terrified every time I sit on the toilet that something is going to erupt from the pipe below.

“I just cannot take it any longer.”

Close-up - the human waste runs down the path, causing a vile pong
Close-up – the human waste runs down the path, causing a vile pong
(Image: Andrew Neil)

Now a second councillor is trying to come to her aid as both Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Water have refused to carry out a proper repair.

Labour’s Jim Sheridan tried and failed to make a breakthrough in May.

Now Linwood Tory Scott Kerr is calling on both authorities to deliver an “urgent solution”.

Sarah revealed: “The stench is terrible, particularly in this hot weather as you can imagine.

“Nobody can even hang their washing out on the back green and I cannot open my window.

“This has become a public environmental health issue, yet the public authorities are squabbling and doing nothing to help me get a permanent fix.”

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The sewage spills out right at her window in Bridge Street.

Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Water have both cleared the pipe in the past but staff have told her they won’t be back and that its the residents’ problem.

Councillor Kerr said: “This is no way for anyone to live, let alone an elderly woman. It is completely appalling that she has having to live with human waste in her midst. With each passing day, it is having more and more of a detrimental effect on her health and well-being.

“There simply shouldn’t be this sort of legal dispute and back and forth over who is responsible for this drain.

“There is an elderly woman at the heart of this story. The Council and Scottish Water must find and deliver an urgent solution to this issue once and for all.

“Sarah is very distressed and cannot wait weeks for this to potentially be resolved among solicitors.

“Everyone involved needs to resolve this immediately and I will be continuing to push for that to happen.”

Vulnerable gr

an Sarah has health issues including the lung condition COPD.

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In May Cllr Sheridan’s plea fell on deaf ears despite him reporting the issue three times.

Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Water have both been contacted for comment.

Daily Record – Paisley