Perranporth's sewage pub floods cost landlords £200,000
Cornwall's authorities are finally taking action after two desperate landlords lost up to £200,000 due to multiple sewage floods in their pub.
Mike and Angela Moyle have watched helplessly as their Perranporth pub, The Tywarnhayle, has flooded seven times since last November.
The pub, which is situated on the corner of Beach road, reopened yesterday after being closed for two months due to a flood in August.
Mrs Moyle said: "It's been the best summer we have had for years and we have completely missed it because of the August flood."
Although the unprecedented hot weather makes takings hard to predict, Mr Moyle estimates that his business has lost around £200,000 in revenue from the summer flood alone.
After the first incident last Christmas Mr and Mrs Moyle contacted Cornwall Council and South West Water, but the couple have said that both authorities were slow to carry out investigations.
Now Cornwall Council has set aside money to fix the drainage system, which will hopefully see work get underway next month.
A joint statement from Cornwall Council, South West Water and the Environment Agency said: "The Council has been in discussions with the brewery, South West Water and the Environment Agency over the flooding issues at the Tywarnhayle public house at Perranporth.
"As a result of these discussions capital funding has been allocated to a drainage upgrade scheme to provide a new outfall to the river from the highway drainage chamber outside the pub."
The Tywarnhayle suffers from internal flooding, which means that raw sewage waste travels up through the floorboards, sinks and toilets when nearby storm drains overflow.
On several occasions, the couple have been forced to work through the night to clear sewage water from their pub.
The constant disturbance to their business, endless refurbishments and the trebling of their insurance premium has caused Mr and Mrs Moyle, who have three children in full time education and one who works, much stress over the past 12 months.
Mrs Moyle said: "We have moved back to Truro due to the trauma of it all.
"I don't want to ever step back in to that place again."
Thankfully their loyal staff have been on hand to help with the cleaning and running of the business, despite disruptions to their pay.
"Our staff have been absolutely fantastic, we are so lucky to have them," Mrs Moyle said.