A MAN who discovered his toilet was pumping waste under his garden has blasted Kirklees Council.
Skelmanthorpe resident Richard Darkes discovered a pipe from his Cumberworth Road property was not connected to the sewer while digging new foundations for an extension.
The college lecturer, who moved into the property in 1997, asked the council to investigate and was horrified to discover his toilet waste was being piped straight into a fresh water culvert.
Mr Darkes and Dawn Hepplestone, who lives at the house with him, complained to the council’s building control department but were shocked when officers said it wasn’t their problem.
Now they have hit out, and claimed the council’s building control department failed to enforce building rules when the house was built.
Said Mr Darkes: “At the moment I have an open sewer in my garden.
“The house was built in 1993 so we’re talking 17 years of poo going into a culvert, which is a breach of building regulations.
“It’s crazy, they’ve got to inspect the pipes.
“Fair enough it’s the builder’s fault, but Kirklees Council are there to regulate that.
“Residents in the area have suffered sick bugs and Kirklees are still refusing to take action.”
Mr Darkes said an investigating officer from Kirklees had visited and admitted the pipe had probably never been inspected.
But despite the officer’s concern the Kirklees College lecturer was told that because the pipe is more than 15 years old there’s nothing they can do.
He added: “They’re going to leave me with a ground full of poo even though it’s not my fault.
“But I’m more worried about where it’s been going.
“I talked to Yorkshire Water and they said ‘it’s nothing to do with us’.
“Had it been shared with other people they would have to condemn it.
“It’s lucky I’ve got reasonable neighbours.
“I’ve got three children walking around my garden – I’m not looking forward to when it warms up a bit.”
A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said: “Whilst some drainage checks have been done by Building Control the outfall of the drainage in question may not have been inspected and this would be the responsibility of the building contractor carrying out the work.
“The plans drawn by the architect also showed the drainage connecting to existing drains at the front of the property. The council is investigating this matter.”