Anger as overflow leak left for six weeks

Housing association leave water leak for 6 weeks  Pictured: Alan Moore (right) who lives upstairs and from where the water is leaking, along with Thomas Ryan who lives in the flat below ANL-161107-164613009

Housing association leave water leak for 6 weeks Pictured: Alan Moore (right) who lives upstairs and from where the water is leaking, along with Thomas Ryan who lives in the flat below ANL-161107-164613009

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Residents in Sudbury who had been left frustrated by a housing association’s lack of action over a water leak were pleased to see repairs finally carried out, the day after the Free Press got involved.

Until Tuesday, water continued to pour out of a water tank overflow pipe on the side of Alan Moore’s flat in Hardy Court, Sudbury, causing damage to a neighbouring property.

The 52-year-old first reported the problem to Sanctuary Housing six weeks ago but there was no resolution despite 14 separate complaints from angry residents.

However, on Tuesday, just a day after the Free Press first contacted Sanctuary Housing about the problems, the leak was fixed.

“It was just astronomical for a water leak to be going on and for nothing to be done,” said Mr Moore.

“A plumber did come and said if he had been told 24 hours after it being reported he could have fixed it.”

Mr Moore, who has lived in the flat for 20 years since it was first built, said he has had problems with Sanctuary Housing before, claiming works had been agreed with people failing to turn up or turning up on the wrong day.

The leak has left Mr Moore’s neighbour Thomas Ryan with problems as the water leaked into his bathroom and airing cupboard.

He said he had been told that a nearby path would probably have to be dug up because of the constant flow of water collecting on the ground.

“It is going to cost Sanctuary Housing a lot of money,” he said. “If my bathroom has to be redone then they are getting the bill.”

A spokesman for Sanctuary Housing said: “Repairs to the overflow pipe were completed on Tuesday, and we are very sorry for the delay.

“This was due to the length of time needed to order the necessary parts for work to be carried out.”