Road works along Vanguard Street are aimed at solving Victory School’s sewage problems. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Victory School’s sewage woes resolved

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Victory Primary School’s playground sewage problems have been addressed.

Paul Shattock, communications manager at Nelson City Council says they have upgraded the sewer line in Vanguard St.

“The new pipe will help address ongoing issues with sewage overflows during heavy rain, which have affected the play area at Victory Primary School and some other surrounding properties.”

As reported by the Nelson Weekly in August, the school has been plagued by overflowing sewage during heavy rain for the past three years, meaning its playground must be closed and treated before children can play on it again.

The sewerage also overflowed from the school toilet block and polluted neighbouring properties. The situation had got so bad that Nelson MP Nick Smith called the council to sort the matter out.

Paul says that once the new pipe is ready, the affected properties can be disconnected from the main sewer in Vanguard St and connected to the new pipe, which is expected to help alleviate the overflow issues.

Paul says it is possible that other work will need to be undertaken on private properties to fully resolve the issues, which will be the responsibility of landowners.

During the project, it was also noted that some road repairs were needed around the work site, so these are being done now to avoid having the revisit the site in the future.

The project is expected to be finished by the end of November at a cost of $320,000, subject to weather or any unexpected delays.