Never mind the Coffee Capital of Surrey – Poor old Cranleigh is now being dubbed “Surrey’s Sh**ville” and shopkeepers and estate agents are beginning to panic.
And… to tell you the truth even the Waverley Webbers are getting a bit browned off talking about it!!!
And…you know us – we hate poking our noses into other people’s business! But needs must because the affluent are worried about the Effluent! Ok?
It’s bad enough that some homes in the “luxury market” have failed to find buyers due to rumoured subsidence problems – now “Sh**gate” is truly hitting the fan and village leaders are getting very worried.
One anonymous follower of the Waverley Web (name and address supplied – but afraid to identify himself due to possible reprisals from Cranleigh Chamber of Trade,) said the sewage scandal is beginning to take its toll on the economy of the “once popular” Surrey/Sussex border village.”
He said: Facebook is full of it, local civic groups are full of it, the local sewage works is overloaded with it – and now it would appear its flowing into drains, fields, and backing up in residents’ toilets! But, to have the drainage authorities admitting drains have been incorrectly connected- IS BEYOND THE PALE!
A very detailed description of the problems facing Cranleigh are included on the Cranleigh Civic Society website which is certainly,
The brook is once more full of you know what!!! Cranleigh Society meeting Waverley Environmental Health today. This has been going on for some 12 years now, it’s just not good enough.
Samples of water from the ditch were taken and sent for analysis to an independent laboratory, South East Water Scientific Services, who found the ammonia level to be 270 times the limit and E.coli levels to be 24 times the limit.
E.coli and Enterococci which can indicate the presence of faecal solids and high levels of ammonium are representative of urine contamination.
The Cranleigh Society has taken villagers’ findings to the Environment Agency who immediately put the ditch onto their ‘Priority hot spot list’.
Unable to get the problem resolved by Thames Water, residents approached the Cranleigh Civic Society four weeks ago for help.
A spokesperson for the Cranleigh Civic Society said “We took a look at the brook and it is immediately obvious from the smell and the presence of sewage fungus that significant amounts of sewage are being discharged into it from a nearby surface water drain.
The Government’s Water Framework Directive 2010 states that the level of ammonia in “good” rivers and streams should be less than 0.3 mg/l, and Tesco and Marks and Spencer both state that the presence of e coli in irrigation water used for “crops likely to be eaten uncooked” must be less than 1000 cfu/l, this seemed to be a reasonable basis to start from.
The EA advised initially that they were working with Thames Water and had identified a property in Cranleigh High Street, where the raw sewage outlet was directly connected to the surface water drain instead of the main sewer. We understand that they have now served a 30 day notice on the property to get this problem rectified. The Society is getting regular updates from Thames Water as to progress.
However, from the quantity of sewage entering the brook, Thames Water now believe that there may be more properties incorrectly connected. They now have a crew working overnight dye testing the system to see what is flowing into the surface water system. They now think they have identified a group of houses where the foul water drains are connected to the surface water drainage system. They will be carrying out further dye testing on each house to fully assess the situation over the next week.
NOT GOOD just another 700 plus houses are about to join the system.
No wonder Cranleigh Paish Council is holding a meeting in the Village Hall next Thursday eveningto hear villagers’ views about the infrastructure situation and the Daft Local Plan!