Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 15, 2016

How Many Sewage Floods Can We Expect This Winter?

We all know and complain about the blocked road drains. But what about filthy sewage floods? United Utilities helpfully tells us it is responsible for the big public sewers that take sewage and rainwater run-off to wastewater treatment works, the pipes from your property boundary that lead into the public sewer. Many of the shared property drains meet together before they join the public sewer, so if you suspect that this is blocked please contact UU… and good luck with that!

And our local authority is responsible for road gullies, the small grate-covered openings at the edge of roads that are used to drain surface water from the highway. If you’re worried about blockages or smells from these call your council. Or perhaps you might not bother them and instead go and clear those outside your own property, just as Aughton Parish Council Chairman Ian Grant told us last night he does. It’s a strange notion this concept that despite paying your council taxes and not receiving services supposedly paid for you then go and perform that statutory duty for them.

Burscough has exceptional problems with flooding bursgroup. Imagine suffering from 16 years of worsening flooding and most of it from foul sewage dsc00703. And from new developments such as Booths whereby its foul water connects into Lordsgate Lane because that development received council blessing is unimaginable, but true. When we see scenes like this we are in big trouble dsc00708.

Burscough Flooding Group (BFG) regularly campaigns against all this filth because nobody else will. I have a copy of its latest letter to residents, published below. But there is an important issue especially highlighted, that some developments are “in contravention of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which states, “Inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be avoided by directing development away from areas at highest risk, but where development is necessary, making it safe without increasing flood risk elsewhere.” and Technical guidance to the NPPF, states, “flood risk means risk from all sources of flooding – including from rivers and the sea, directly from rainfall on the ground surface and rising groundwater, overwhelmed sewers and drainage systems”.

Let’s face it. If all this filth surfaced in roads where the decision makers, the council members and officers, lived there would be a hue and cry like no other. Burscough Flooding Group has started a protest movement that will inevitably be followed in other areas of West Lancashire as all these big housing estates are built without suitable infrastructure because of developer and official neglect. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

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