No help as dodgy drains stink out our row of shops

No help as dodgy drains stink out our row of shops

No help as dodgy drains stink out our row of shops

First published in Echo News by

TRADERS have hit out after their landlords blamed recent bad weather for dodgy drains spilling sewage into their shops.

Crumbling pipes under the Laindon Centre have been causing a stench and landing business owners with hefty bills for months.

The issue affects the row of shops that includes Pints ‘n’ Litres, Laindon Cleaners, Laindon Pizza and Kebabs and an empty shop.

Administrators BDO blamed the leaks on “recent extreme weather” and said “no prior reports of sewage problems” had been received.

Roy Hudson, owner of offlicence Pints ‘n’ Litres, who uses two cans of air freshener a day to mask the foul smell, said: “What they have said is rubbish.

“We have been telling security for the past two months about this and they said they would pass it on to BDO and it would be sorted.

“It has nothing to do with the weather. The drains are crushed and we know that.

“If you were to walk into the empty shop, you would walk out being sick. That’s what the security guard did when they went in.”

Mr Hudson claimed, when specialists came to replace pipes connecting his shop, they said a whole new network was needed for the rest of the row of shops.

He said: “It cost £18,000 to do part of my drain two years ago, so this will cost about £30,000 and I can’t see them forking out anything. It’s disgusting.

It makes me so annoyed, because nothing is being done.”

Laundrette Laindon Cleaners has spent hundreds of pounds refunding customers and re-spinning washing because dirty water clogs up the pipes.

BDO repeated it had not received any reports of sewage problems, but said it would now investigate and “take appropriate action”.

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12:35pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Sounds like a disgusting place, to want to shop, who would want to?
Sounds like a disgusting place, to want to shop, who would want to? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -14

12:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

They are hoping that all the leasholders will move out so they can flatten the place and build houses there.....
They are hoping that all the leasholders will move out so they can flatten the place and build houses there..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 13

12:44pm Tue 14 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

sound like rogue landlords we been hearing about in southend....and what unwanted highlighted news for the kebab and pizza outlet.
sound like rogue landlords we been hearing about in southend....and what unwanted highlighted news for the kebab and pizza outlet. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 6

2:08pm Tue 14 Jan 14

emcee says...

Get together and sue the landlords for costs incurred so far and for lost business.
Get together and sue the landlords for costs incurred so far and for lost business. emcee
  • Score: 9

2:10pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Feminism is Dead says...

Who cares it's only Laindon
Who cares it's only Laindon Feminism is Dead
  • Score: -5

3:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Try bottling the sewage and selling it as garden fertilizer
Try bottling the sewage and selling it as garden fertilizer LastLaugh2
  • Score: -6

4:21pm Tue 14 Jan 14

leslog says...

this area so run down and neglected by the owners of the site and council have fobbed off shop keepers, local residents for years so believe any talk of action with a pinch of salt ,you are treated with contempt,ruling councillors will later be asking for your vote treat them with the same contempt
this area so run down and neglected by the owners of the site and council have fobbed off shop keepers, local residents for years so believe any talk of action with a pinch of salt ,you are treated with contempt,ruling councillors will later be asking for your vote treat them with the same contempt leslog
  • Score: 10

4:42pm Tue 14 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

Umm, devils advocate; blocked drains beneath a kebab shop. Fat going down the drains?
Umm, devils advocate; blocked drains beneath a kebab shop. Fat going down the drains? MilesBond
  • Score: 5

5:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Mikkel1 says...

The ORIGINAL shops in Laindon should never have been ripped down in the first place.
The ORIGINAL shops in Laindon should never have been ripped down in the first place. Mikkel1
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Stamper2 says...

You cannot visit the Laindon Centre after dark, and during the daytime it stinks and is a health hazard. Sounds like the administrator is trying to run it badly.

The Council need to stop 'deciding' to act, and actually get on with it.
You cannot visit the Laindon Centre after dark, and during the daytime it stinks and is a health hazard. Sounds like the administrator is trying to run it badly. The Council need to stop 'deciding' to act, and actually get on with it. Stamper2
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

These shopkeepers should desert the place like rats leaving a stinking ship...

Leave it completely empty except for The Joke
These shopkeepers should desert the place like rats leaving a stinking ship... Leave it completely empty except for The Joke Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bazza 1 says...

Laindon Centre looks like Beirut on a bad day. It is a complete c**p hole and should be demolished. It is the proverbial blot on the landscape.
Laindon Centre looks like Beirut on a bad day. It is a complete c**p hole and should be demolished. It is the proverbial blot on the landscape. bazza 1
  • Score: 2

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