Serious concerns over town drainage system
Published at 09:10, Monday, 16 July 2012
EXTREME weather created numerous problems in Prudhoe and other areas on Thursday, June 28, and Friday, July 6.
But it only added to the problems Prudhoe has experienced in the last few years. On Sunday, June 24, we had a significant deluge which caused numerous drainage problems. Last April, and especially August 2011, we had severe flooding problems in Prudhoe.
At the Community Forum last year, both Northumberland County Council and Northumbrian Water said they would be working together on the drainage problems in the town.
Prudhoe Town Council and residents have reported numerous drains which were blocked and had been for a while to the county council.
What has been done? They are still blocked.
Nearly all residential developments over the past 60 years have been built on ‘greenfield land’ which acted as natural soakaways for the town.
The present drainage system is unable to cope even in heavy rainfalls, not just extreme weather.
To add any more input into the Station Road system is madness.
Businesses and roads are being flooded, houses are being affected by water, the stone retaining wall at the base of a large sloping field, opposite Beaumont Terrace has taken to collapsing at intervals onto the main road, and drain covers are exploding.
The Castle Nature Reserve and Cockshot Dene are showing signs of serious erosion and environmental damage due to surface water surging down hill.
Many people are concerned about ‘landslips’.
Prudhoe wants action now please, not more development which will add to the problem.
COUN. JENNIFER McGEE,
Prudhoe Town Council
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