A FRUSTRATED resident is threatening not to pay his council tax in response to a water leak outside his front door.
Neil Laking, has complained to Hartlepool Borough Council and the water authorities about the water that has been seeping into Caledonian Road for eight months.
Mr Laking says the water is getting more and more unhygienic and his two children have both fallen in it.
He is so frustrated that he has threatened to stop paying his council tax in protest after nobody has been able to fix the leak.
But hope could be in sight as the council says it will carry out work to improve the drainage which it hopes will solve the problem.
Mr Laking, 44, dad to 18-month-old Tyler and Emily, four, said: “I’m fed up. Why should I pay my council tax when this is outside my front door.
“Both my children have fallen into it. It is filthy, dirty water and there is a lot of rubbish floating around in it.
“It has been going on for about eight months. It is just a joke and is getting me down that much.”
Mr Laking, who is married to Claire, 29, first contacted the Mail around six months ago when Hartlepool council, Northumbria Water and Hartlepool Water struggled to identify what caused the leak and so which of them was responsible for fixing it.
He added: “The pavement is starting to sink so surely it must be damaging the road as well.”
Mr Laking received a visit from local councillor Kevin Cranney and highways officer Peter Frost two weeks ago.
Northumbria Water has said they do not think the leak has anything to do with the sewers.
And Hartlepool Water has said tests they carried out did not show a leak in their pipes but believed it was natural water and down to the council highways department.
A council spokesman said: “We have been liaising with both Hartlepool Water and Northumbria Water to try and assess where the water is emanating from.
“Consequently, the council has decided to carry out some improvement work to the underground drainage which it is hoped will rectify the problem.”