NEIGHBOURS have described a giant puddle of raw sewage in their garden as a “living nightmare”.
For over a month, residents in Broomhouse Row have been fighting the smell of grotesque slop and claim the city council has failed to respond to a string of complaints.
The swamp, containing human excrement, appeared at the end of February in Kintrea Wood and her family’s garden.
Waste is believed to have emerged from a drain and extensive work is needed to repair it.
Some families in the area have even sent their children to relatives’ houses for meals.
Ms Wood said she had been unable to ignore the “vile” smell.
The 41-year-old said: “I can’t open any of the windows at the back of the house because the smell is just horrendous.
“It’s coming up our toilet, the plug holes, everywhere. The toilet is making a growling noise and I’m concerned it is just going to blow.
“We just want whatever is happening fixed.”
Maureen White, 72, who lives next door, said a complaint was first lodged with the city council around four weeks ago.
The grandmother, who cares for her three grandchildren, said: “It’s like being hung upside over a sewage farm – it is disgusting.
“I just can’t bare it anymore, I can’t even breathe. The paramedics came out to see me at the weekend because my chest infection got so bad.
“They said the sewage outside is making me worse because I can’t breathe properly.
“I don’t know how the council think it is acceptable to allow people to live in these conditions, we could pick up anything.
“It’s classed a health hazard if you don’t wash your hands after going to the toilet, nevermind have human excrement, tampons and toilet roll floating around in your garden.”
She has now sent the schoolchildren to her brother at mealtimes.
Ms White said: “We can’t cook, we can’t wash, we can hardly sleep, it’s affecting everything. I’m having to take the children to my brother’s to eat because I am refusing to make food amongst this foul smell.
“I have to spray the children with air freshener before they go to school because I’m worried about them smelling like toilet. I feel like we’ve been completely ignored.
“Someone has appeared a couple of times and looked at it but nothing has actually been done.”
The council insisted the problem would be sorted over the next few days.
A spokeswoman said: “This has obviously been a frustrating situation for the tenant and we share her desire to get the issue sorted out.
“We’ve cleared the drain each time it’s been reported, however, it is clear more extensive repair works are required.
“We are now making arrangements to carry out these repairs over the next couple of days.”