Huge overground sewage pipe installed just feet from residents' front doors

The pipe was erected on a housing development in Northamptonshire.

The pipe was erected just feet from people’s homes on Bovis Homes’ Wendelburie Rise development in Northamptonshire. (Triangle)
The pipe was erected just feet from people’s homes on the Wendelburie Rise development in Northamptonshire. (Triangle)

Residents have been left horrified after a giant sewage pipe was installed outside their front doors.

The pipe was erected just feet from people’s homes on Wendelburie Rise in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

Anglian Water was forced to build it above ground after a section of underground pipe was damaged and was in danger of bursting.

But some locals who have just moved into the housing development, where homes start from £272,000, are not happy with the pipe’s appearance.

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Anglian Water was forced to build it above ground after a section of underground pipe was damaged. (Triangle)
Anglian Water was forced to build the pipe above ground after a section of underground pipe was damaged. (Triangle)
Locals have complained about the pipe’s appearance. (Triangle)
Locals have complained about the pipe’s appearance. (Triangle)

A resident said: “We had a letter just saying ‘sorry for the works’ and given a hamper to say sorry, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve got this outside of our house.

"We have people plowing up the front of our house to try and park to deliver things. It’s not great but I understand it needs to be done.”

Another person who lives nearby added: “Residents have been complaining for over 12 months about the sewage coming up through their new homes. It’s a disgrace.”

He said: “Welcome to Pleasantville!”

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The temporary pipe stretches across the new Stanton Cross development in the market town of Wellingborough.

Dubbed an “incredible engineering feat” by Anglian Water - it replaced one that carries debris from people’s homes to the nearest pumping station.

The pipe was built in November and is understood to be staying until at least the end of March as engineers try and find the source of a leak in the underground sewage network.

Aerial view of the pipe. (Triangle)
Aerial view of the pipe. (Triangle)
The giant pipe in Wendelburie Rise, Stanton Cross. (Triangle)
The giant pipe in Wendelburie Rise, Stanton Cross. (Triangle)

Anglian Water said it accepts the pipe has changed the look of the estate but it is temporary.

A spokeswoman added: “As soon as we permanently fix the damaged section of the sewer, we will remove the temporary pipe.

“Although it is difficult to give timescales at this stage, as it depends on the extent of the repair required, we currently estimate the work will take around eight weeks.

“Taking everything into account, we believe the pipe will be in place until the end of March.

“We’ll keep people updated as our understanding of the problem develops."

She added: “We understand both the visual impact and general disruption this is causing and we thank our customers in advance for their patience and understanding.

“Without the installation of the above-ground pipe this could have resulted in a burst on the sewer pipe leading to loss of facilities to our customers and risk of pollution to the environment.”