Why this popular Sutton pub was closed for two days

A popular Sutton pub has reopened to the public following two days of maintenance work.

The Picture House, the JD Wetherspoon chain venue on Fox Street, was closed on Sunday and Monday (February 17-18) and part of Saturday evening while Severn Trent Water did essential maintenance on its mains pipes.

The venue was forced to close due to its high water usage, with the utilities firm conducting maintenance to the main water line under Sutton town centre from Saturday until Sunday.

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The Picture House then had to close as a result of blocked sewage pipes caused by fat.

Andy Carroll, spokesman for The Picture House, said: “We closed at the end of Saturday and through until Sunday while Severn Trent Water worked on the main water line connecting most of Sutton’s centre.

“We have a high water usage with us being a pub so we had to close, and following the works we did reopen for a bit on Monday.

“However it appeared there was a pipe blockage close so on Monday we closed for the day.

“We are open as usual today (Tuesday, February 19).”

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Severn Trent Water said it will work with nearby residents on preventing future blockages.

A spokesman for Severn Trent Water said: “Our teams attended to a report of flooding, and found that the problem was caused by a build-up of fat in the sewer pipes.

“We’ve now cleared the blockage and will be working with any nearby food establishments and homes to make sure they’re disposing of fats properly to help prevent further blockages in the area.

“We always advise to never put fats, oils and greases into the sewers and to dispose of them correctly, as this can cause blockages which leads to sewer flooding in people’s homes and businesses.”