There was a little discussion, last week on Wednesday night at River Community Council’s regular meeting in the URC hall, about the ongoing situation with Scottish Water and the sewers in the newer estates along Lochloy Road: the sewers up there have not been “vested” by the water authority yet.
Speaking globally about the problems in the newer eastern suburb of the town the Chair John Hume said:
“I think planning permission was started in 2000 or 1999, there are no roads adopted, there are no sewers vested and there are no ground maintenance agreements in place or very few.”
John then continued: “In terms of Scottish Water which is what we are talking about tonight. They wrote back in response to an e-mail, they wrote back on the 9th of February to say that:”
“The SUDS, the surface water drains, etc, are not suitable for Scottish Water vesting, but the local developer and Scottish Water are in discussions with the roads department and it may be that they will adopt. If this is not the way ahead then the residents themselves would need to collectively undertake the work and apply for vesting.”
They then went on to say “subject to the roads being adopted and the developer making good the defects on the trunk sewers through the site (which appears to be all they have committed to ), Scottish Water would then vest the trunk sewers (conveying flow through the development from other developments). Given that this un-locks the next phase of their development it is hard to see why they would not agree to complete these remedial works.”
And point three. “This may leave some lateral foul sewers in the previous development in questionable ownership? Something that will need to be clarified with Scottish Water’s Customer Connections team . This again may fall to the residents to address but will depend on what the issues are. If the issues are small enough and SW were happy and had the necessary permissions to maintain and replace the foul sewer laterals within the development we would support their vesting.”
After John Hume had read the content of Scottish Water's e-mail there then followed some debate with Lochloy residents who were pursuing individually various lines of correspondence, FOI requests and complaints with Scottish Water and also to some extent Highland Council.
John Hume indicated that there would be more discussion at the next meeting of the Community Council.