'Frogs would be happy' in huge puddle by bingo hall
by Hayley Robinson
A puddle caused by a
leak from an overflow pipe has been branded a health
Barry Kinnersley claims the
water has been dripping out of the pipe at the side of the Mecca
Bingo Hall in Sittingbourne High Street for more than a
The constant damp conditions
mean there is moss growing up the side of the wall and even grass
growing in the water itself which has pooled directly outside a
As it is close to a public
footpath, which runs between the rear of the hall and St Michael’s
Church, Mr Kinnersley says that at times it is near impossible for
people to walk along there as the walkway because it is
The 69-year-old, of College
Road, Sittingbourne, said: "I’ve been in to the bingo hall two to
three times over the last three months.
"Each time the manager has
said they’re going to sort it and thanked me for bringing it to
their attention but nothing has been done. It’s disgusting. It’s
not causing a problem for the church but it’s building up against
the wall of the bingo hall.
"You could put some frogs in
there now and they would be quite happy."
Justin Newin, who took over
as manager of the bingo hall six weeks ago, wasn’t aware of the
problem until the News Extra brought it to his
After investigating he
believes the water may be coming from pipework connected to the old
cinema which they don’t have access to.
He said: "It is over the top
of our disabled toilet but I’ve looked at the cistern and it’s
"Sometimes it’s difficult to know where they’re pipes
start and ours begins but I will get it looked at. I will get in
touch with the owners and let them know – I’ve got their contact
details. I will get it sorted."
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