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7:01am 5th January 2012

People living in Delabole are angry they've been sent bills for almost £90 to fix a sewage pumping station.

Pumps at the private site in Delabole keep getting clogged with waste.

Cornwall Council says locals should shoulder some of the responsibility but locals say it is wrong they are being asked to fork out.

In a statement the council said, "Due to a lack of maintenance and inappropriate materials being put into the sewage system, there have been a number of blockages - leading to a failure of the pump stations. Environmental Health's role is to ensure the system is not allowed to overflow and cause a public health risk - we served notice on all the properties that derive a benefit, giving them notice and the opportunity to sort the problem themselves, should they so wish - although this did not happen (as is often the case where there are so many properties - as no one property wants to take ownership of the problem). As such we have had to step in, in default in order to keep the system in a functioning order."

7:01am 5th January 2012

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