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Mawgan sewage row finally resolved
1:00pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in Cornwall
A group of residents in Mawgan have welcomed four and a half years of “worry and concern” coming to an end after their dispute over a sewerage plant was resolved.
A total of 18 households in Mawgan have been battling Coastline Housing Association in the courts over what they claimed were unfair charges for a new Bio-Bubble sewerage plant installed in 2008.
The residents in the ex-council estate houses on Langweath Estate and Glebe Close each received unexpected bills for £3,500 from Coastline after the replacement plant was built, they claim without consultation.
Following direction from a judge in Plymouth, Coastline has now agreed to an out of court settlement that means households will pay 30 per cent less than they were originally charged. Both sides have also been instructed to pay their own legal fees.
The Mawgan residents said that although they have not each made a large saving, when taking into account legal fees, they were “proud” to have made a stand. They thanked West Country solicitors Foot Anstey, who represented the group and only charged a fraction of their normal fees during the extended process.
A spokesperson for Coastline housing said: “With regards to the Mawgan case we confirm that the matter has now been concluded and the court order makes it clear that the affected owner occupiers who use the Coastline sewerage plant continue to be required to pay their fair share for the maintenance, repair and renewal of the plant.”
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