Posted by: westlancashirerecord | October 1, 2018

Is Burscough Flooding being Taken Seriously At Last?

West Lancashire Borough Council has continuously ignored situations that demonstrate water and sewage surcharging on Liverpool Road South (A59) in Burscough 250 yards upstream of Meadowbrook Close. The Burscough Flooding Group’s Facebook site provided a video by a resident with the caption “a video of the drain outside Bargain Express and the full gullies along Liverpool Road South – it’s like this all the time now when it rains for more than an hour!” Watch it here

But now, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper  has received confirmation from Lancashire County Council, who are the Local Lead Flood Authority, that funding has been secured and consultants have been appointed to investigate surface water and drainage in Burscough. LCC have appointed Jacobs, as the authority’s framework consultancy, to undertake the study which will consider the catchment and surface water flood risk in Burscough.

Fortunately, they have taken the opportunity to coordinate the study with one being undertaken by United Utilities, allowing for consideration of the interaction of the various drainage systems in Burscough more accurately.

Rosie Cooper has welcomed this commitment and looks forward to seeing the final report, recommendations and outcomes from it. She said “Burscough, as with other parts of West Lancashire, has been heavily affected by flooding and drainage issues in recent years which have at times flooded homes and businesses and caused great angst and anxiety to many residents. I am pleased that Lancashire County Council, along with United Utilities, have taken this initial step to recognise the issues and investigate the detail.

“Residents will not be assured all is okay until they see the findings of the reports and studies, and the recommended action being carried out. I have written to both Lancashire County Council and United Utilities to ensure I am kept informed of developments and to get a clear timeline for the work”.

Jacobs  claims to offer a complete solution package to its clients’ water, wastewater, and flood control challenges across the world. “Our in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment enables us to adapt solutions to help our clients address their stakeholder needs – from investor to end user. Jacobs  works closely with municipalities on projects ranging from regulatory enforcement requirements tackling sewer overflows, to green solutions for stormwater management. Addressing issues such as collection, treatment and re-use of wastewater for our clients, we deliver the benefits of sustainable, innovative, cost-saving solutions to meet their needs”.

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