HACKNEY PEOPLE are causing a big stink — nothing new there, then — but this time it’s not a protest to save anything. It is a smell.
The locals are being held responsible for a pong that has been drifting into homes near the Kingsland centre since early this year 2019.
Network Rail told Loving Dalston that residents had put large — some of them metallic — items down toilet bowls. NW was called in to solve the problem, because it was causing flooding that threatened the Overground track, the old North London Line that runs to Stratford.
The Dalstoners’ thoughtless, uhm, dumps had been “damaging mechanical components and causing blockages. We are also looking at the Victorian sewer that runs through the rail track and clearing it and fixing collapses to prevent sewage backing up.” It was not a fatberg.
The de-privatised company has had engineers and other specialists working with massive generators powering pumps in Martel Place E8 2LX, just east of the Kingsland centre, for months. The de-tangsters have been toiling at night to avoid disrupting trains.
NW added: “We can’t access the railway when trains are running. The amount of work required in the small (daily) window of time, combined with historical problems, resident misuse and buried drainage being unknowns, are all factors affecting the time taken.”
No completion date could yet be given. Workers at the site have told Loving Dalston, however, that the stench could hang around for months. The problem centred on a pipe collapse between Dalston Lane and the bridge to the German Hospital. One man said: “If you think it’s bad now, wait until summer comes to London.”
Gulp: like, now.
Dalston businessman Daniel Weston, of About the Bike, said that when it rains “you can smell it all over Dalston, particularly around Ridley Road Market. It overpowers even the coffee smell from the Allpress roastery”.
David Altheer 290619
* All pictures © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com, and all for sale for reproduction. Bigger format versions usually available
* Emboldened underscored words in most cases indicate a hyperlink, a reader service rare among websites. If a link does not work, it is probably because the site to which the URL refers has not been maintained.