We step in to plug leaking hydrant

PUBLISHED: 11:44 11 September 2007 | UPDATED: 23:03 28 May 2010

Betty and Bill Parker

Betty and Bill Parker

AN elderly Chatteris couple have had a leaking fire hydrant outside their bungalow since May. Betty Parker has contacted Anglian Water, Chatteris Town Council and the fire service in a bid to get the hydrant repaired but without any success. She said Angl

AN elderly Chatteris couple have had a leaking fire hydrant outside their bungalow since May.

Betty Parker has contacted Anglian Water, Chatteris Town Council and the fire service in a bid to get the hydrant repaired but without any success.

She said Anglian Water eventually inspected the hydrant in James Gage Close on August 3 and put a card through the letter box saying the hydrant would be repaired as soon as possible.

Her husband, Bill, said: "My main concern is that because it is a fire hydrant it should have been dealt with. It is a matter of neglect, if there was a fire in James Gage Close what would happen? It is their duty to come and repair it."

Mrs Parker said: "It is ridiculous when I think of all the people I have been to see and still nothing has happened. It shouldn't be left to me to do it. The water could easily be seeping under our garden."

But after being contacted by the Cambs Times, Anglian Water apologised to the couple and said the hydrant would be repaired within a few days.

A spokesman said: "I can only apologise, I don't know why this has not been done. We normally try and get things like this done quite quickly.

"I appreciate how disconcerting this has been for the couple and it should be done by the end of the week."

The spokesman said the fire service would still be able to use the hydrant in the event of a fire.

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