From the Burscough Flooding Group “Please understand that every flood on Crabtree Lane/Higgins Lane
could have been avoided. As could this in the home of a resident!
if Network Rail had maintained all of the drainage under the Southport line, if WLBC hadn’t ignored the surface water flooding problems that the local plan is significantly adding to, because it is collecting new housing bonus, or if the responsible flood risk management authorities including WLBC, LCC [UU] and the Environment Agency hadn’t spent five years doing nothing but delay and blame each other rather than implementing a simple solution to a simple problem”.
26th May Open Letter to the [WLBC] Planning Committee from Burscough Flooding Group; Councillor Gareth Dowling (Chairman) Councillor Andrew Pritchard (Vice-Chair) Councillor Iain Ashcroft Councillor Mrs Pam Baybutt Councillor Alexander Blundell Councillor Carl Barry Coughlan Councillor Vickie Cummins Councillor Noel Delaney Councillor Cynthia Dereli Councillor Terry Devine Councillor David Evans Councillor Susan Anne Evans Councillor Julian Antoni Finch Councillor David O’Toole Councillor Edward Pope Councillor Jane Thompson Councillor Mrs Marilyn Westley Councillor Mrs Joan Witter.
“As you are all aware, both foul and surface water drainage networks in Burscough are known to flood in heavy rainfall due to a lack of capacity in both drainage systems. That problem is identified in the 2012 local plan and the current neighbourhood plan. No new capacity has been built, therefore, the frequency and severity of flooding which residents report to BFG has increased. It was once thought to be mainly due to development without SUDS, however, what is being hidden from residents is that developments like Yew Tree Farm (YTF) with SUDS have already significantly added to the flooding problems here and how that come about and why the application should be opposed by Councillors is explained following:
“Although the developer appears to intend to restrict runoff to pre-development (greenfield) rates a review of the SUDS Manual CIRIA 2015 section 3 demonstrates that even if the peak flow from developed sites is attenuated so that it does not at any point exceed the greenfield peak flow; the overall volume and duration of flow is still increased.
“When a number of developments, such as phase 1 YTF, the nursing home on the A59, Booths, Victoria Park and Ainscough Mill all occur in the same catchment area, the combined effect is to increase the overall peak flow downstream because of the greater total volumes being discharged from each development. This means that the likelihood of flooding downstream still increases despite installation of SUDS.
“The NPPF requires that the risk of downstream flooding be considered and unless and until this is adequately addressed, it is contended that the proposals for discharge of surface water in this manner should be rejected. WLBC has recommended that YTF phase 2 (2019/1182/ARM and 2020/0293/CON) go ahead. Are any Councillors able to explain for the benefit of BFG and residents, how YTF phase 2 can possibly go ahead without increasing our downstream flooding problems?”
Implement “A simple solution to a simple problem”? The simpletons can’t!