Fountainbridge garage forced to close due to ongoing sewage flooding

 

A Fountainbridge business has been forced to temporarily close its doors after being flooded with raw sewage water.

Angle Park Auto centre on Lower Gilmore place was flooded after heavy rain on Wednesday night caused a blocked drain to overflow into the garage.

Owner Kamran Jahan, 42 said the problem started two weeks ago and Scottish water promised him that the drain would be repaired as a matter of urgency. Representatives from Scottish Water have attended the scene to drain the blockage but the change in weather this week has caused the problem to escalate leaving the businessman no choice but to temporarily close the garage.

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He told EN4 News: “It’s been bad for my business.

“We’ve lost business and I’ve had to send customers away because we can’t do MOT tests. My staff can’t work because the tools are air tools, air hoses which have all been affected by the sewer water.”

The pit was completely submerged with water (Credit: Kamran Jahan)

Mr Jahan has said the garage will need professionally cleaned (Credit: Kamran Jahan)

Mr Jahan is unhappy with the way Scottish water have dealt with the problem.

“We were supposed to have a meeting this morning to try and find out what the problem is, but still nothing has been sorted.”

A Scottish Water spokeswoman said: “We are aware of an issue with the sewer network in the Lower Gilmore Place area.

“We have identified a collapsed sewer two metres underground which has led to some flooding and will carry out a repair as soon as possible.

“We are liaising closely with local customers to keep them updated and apologise for any inconvenience.”

Mr Jahan is hoping that the repair can be made soon to stop the problem reoccurring.

“The main thing is getting the problem solved because if it rains again, like it is supposed to this weekend, it’s just going to happen again,” he added.

Fire at Italian restaurant on Fountainbridge

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A fire devastated the local restaurant around 2am on the 9th October 2018. Photo credit to Martin Stevens.

Fire services were called out to the Badabing Italian restaurant last night after a fire broke out, devastating the inside of the building.

As many as 30 firefighters were called to the scene at 2:10 am to tackle the blaze which had consumed the entire restaurant by this time.

No casualties have been reported and it has been confirmed that nobody was inside the building at the time of the fire.

Local resident Martin Stevens saw the fire on his way home;

‘I came along the canal and from a distance I could see Badabing fully in flames’.

‘I went for a closer look and the fire services were already there trying to put it out. I got there at about 2:30 and the fire brigade got there at 2.10 so it had only been on the go for 20 minutes but it was well alight by this point.’

‘I’m unsure what caused it but I was told nobody was hurt at the time.’

Fire crews were still at the scene this morning.

 

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