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A PUMPING station built in Eastney to help solve Portsmouth’s flooding problem has scooped a national award.

Southern Water’s Eastney Pumping Station was given a silver award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2011 National Site Awards, in recognition of the company’s consideration towards workforce, neighbours and the environment.

But residents who were affected by the two-year process, and are hoping to force the company to pay out for damage they say it did to their homes, have criticised the decision.

Doreen Stevenson, who was chairwoman of Eastney Neighbourhood Forum while the work was going on, said: ‘The awards people never asked us. We had to put up with mud on the roads, and vibrations which kept people awake and caused cracks in their homes. But when Southern Water were told they did nothing. That’s not considerate.’

But Southern Water’s PR officer Leilah Nicola said: ‘The station, which is helping protect Portsmouth from sewer flooding, was monitored by Considerate Constructors Scheme auditors who called the site “exceptional”. An independent survey of 500 properties showed that 96.4 per cent of residents living nearby were satisfied with the way 4Delivery carried out its works.’

The £10m development, in Bransbury Park, opened in June last year.