Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 2, 2018

Burscough Flood Action Meeting

As we all read, on a regular basis, of flooding issues that seem to be beyond the capabilities of modern service providers to leave Victorian levels of flood management behind them, residents of Burscough have an opportunity to attend a public meeting to relate their own issues and hopefully receive positive responses.

Gavin Rattray, the Secretary of the Burscough Flooding Group writes “Dear Residents, Tuesday the 5th June is an opportunity for anyone with flooding issues to meet those responsible for flood management at the Briars Hall Hotel and personally ask for their intervention”.

It may be of interest for residents of Burscough to read of the flooding experience of some Halsall residents recently when, first of all United Utilities responded quickly and positively to help ALL the residents affected, and then to be informed that a capital expenditure for a completely new larger surface drainage system is now required.

As we wrote yesterday “UU have been instrumental in cleaning up the localised flooding after surface water drains failed to cope with a moderate 20 minute storm. Residents and teams of UU engineers attended first thing this morning and have been on site all day in removing silt and debris from neighbours gardens and driveways assisting the big clear up.

“Some recently improved and cleaned road and footpath gullies failed after 7 minutes of rainfall, and locals are worried on how they will cope if we have further showers over the weekend. LCC Highways staff attended to view for themselves and noted that a capital expenditure for a completely new larger surface drainage system is now required and soon, which may be not soon enough for the long suffering residents”.

Residents of Burscough might quickly conclude they must have a similar response and their opportunity will be to attend Briars Hall Hotel on Tuesday at 6pm to ask for it, on a basis that precedent being set in Halsall must now apply to Burscough. 

The UU  letter 

“May 2018

“Dear Customer

Following on from the public meeting held on the 3rd November 2017 hosted by Rosie Cooper (MP), you may have become aware of investigations United Utilities and our partner agencies have been conducting in the local area with respect to flooding.

“Different authorities are responsible for different aspects of flood risk management; in this instance, United Utilities are working together with Lancashire County Council acting as the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and Highway Authority (HA) for the area, the Environment Agency and West Lancashire Borough Council.

“We would like to invite you to a public meeting which we will be holding on Tuesday 5th June at Briars Hall Hotel, Briars Lane, Ormskirk, L40 5TH. The event will start at 6pm and representatives from United Utilities and Lancashire County Council as the LLFA and HA, will be available to speak to and will be able to tell you what they are doing to help relieve flooding in Burscough. From 6pm to 7pm there will be an informal session where you will be able to speak with representatives from each agency.

“From 7pm onwards, there will be a number of presentations showing the partnership approach and the findings of recent investigations.

“We hope to see you there”.


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