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Oh what a stink as sewage is dumped on Marlborough football club site

Thirty tons of stinking sewage sludge has been dumped on the site of Marlborough Football Club, blocking a public right of way as the club prepares for its first friendly games of the season on Saturday.

Sub-contractors Cappagh were called in by Thames Water to a collapsed sewer leakage on its Stonebridge Meadow site last Friday so that it could be tested before removal.

“They asked someone on the now disused Microlights factory site in Elcot Lane – they moved out last month -- if they could dump the stuff on our land,” explained club treasurer John Neale.

“Whoever it was said Yes, and the next thing we knew was that 30 tons of it had been dumped on our car park and blocking the right of way. They didn’t attempt to ask us.

“And now we’ve got this terrible stench about the place, a real stink from this pile of mud slurry.”

He added: “We understand it was done in an emergency but we may have to wait to see what happens next while they test it for contamination.”

“And if it is, then they will have contaminated our site too and we shall seek some compensation.”

The reason why Cappagh were unable to take away the sewage immediately was because a sample of the waste had to go first for laboratory testing, to determine its content before a formal waste transfer licence can be issued by Marlborough town council to transport it.

Cappagh contracts manager Ron Harris said that once the dumped spillage has been removed, the company will be able to ascertain whether the football club’s ground has been contaminated in any way, and take action.

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