Sewage works to be finished by Christmas

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Readers have been contacting the Leader about the temporary traffic lights on the Slug Road near Mackie Academy and asking why they’re taking so long and what work is being carried out.

One resident said the temporary traffic light system - which reduces the road to one lane for a short part of the road - causes havoc in the morning before school and when many people are commuting to work.

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “There is a considerably large sewer diversion taking place at this location and we aim to complete the road crossing and reinstatement of the road surface by Christmas.

“This is following a sewer collapse in Westfield Court which we could not repair at that location, necessitating a sewer diversion. As we need half of the roads for working, the three way traffic lights are essential for safety.

“We apologise to local drivers for this inconvenience and we want to assure local people that we are doing everything we can to complete this work as soon as possible.”

In September it was revealed Stonehaven beach was one of two beaches in the whole of Scotland to fail EU quality standards for bathing.

SEPA blamed this year’s heavy rainfall on the situation and said it can cause sewers to overflow. This was partly attributed to a problem on the Maxiburn, but it is thought that the contaminant had consisted of raw human excreta from the collapsed sewer around the Westfield area.

The sewer collapsed in early July but it had apparently taken Scottish Water a full week to get round to repairing it temporarily.

Residents with properties alongside Maxiburn had been exposed to raw sewage and Scottish Water have been working to remedy the problem - which is thought to involve putting a new pipe under the railway line which runs over the Slug Road.