Clean-up continues to fight costly town-centre stench


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A clean-up of Sidmouth’s town centre sewers has been under way this week - and the pongy problems should be sorted by last Friday.

South West Water’s (SWW) contractors have been at work in Chapel Road, St Peter’s Court, Dove Lane and York Street to tackle a massive build-up of fat, oil, grease and debris.

The Esplanade was cleared before FolkWeek but work paused for the tourist season – when businesses began to complain that the spreading smell of sewage was costing them money.

SWW’s Andrew Freeman said: “We’d like thank the people of Sidmouth for their patience while we carry out this essential work and remind everyone to dispose of fat, oil and grease in the bin or contact us to avoid this build-up happening again in future.”

SWW first undertook works after MP Hugo Swire encountered the stench first-hand.

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The final session of sewer clearing took place scheduled on Friday evening.

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