Today we bring you the latest news about flooded out residents, including pensioners, of Burscough.
You may safely assume after reading it that West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, and Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs), the people who prepare and maintain a strategy for local flood risk management in their areas, coordinating views and activity with other local bodies and communities through public consultation and scrutiny and delivery planning are incompetent.
Our local flood victim, and we used the word advisedly because victimisation for being flooded out of your home is what these official buffoons practice, made an attempt to have the many unanswered questions finally dealt with by WLBC in a meeting. He relates how the Burscough Flood Group was proposing to meet with them in August. “The finer detail needed to be agreed because WLBC, just like the Local Lead Flood Authority, are reluctant to have meetings voice recorded. The reason, given a best guess, is they just don’t want any evidence left for them to be held to account at a later date.
“A date for the meeting was to be arranged in the week commencing 10th August. At 2.00am on the 11th August, my home was subjected to yet another flood with filthy black muddy water filling my entire home to a depth of 6”.
“At 7.10 am I was live on Radio Lancashire to Graham Liver who was kind enough to give me some air time. I am advised WLBC were contacted for comment, and though they had little to say about my home being devastated once more, they did go on to defend their Planning and Development Policy at length.
“In the near 5 weeks since then, although an assistant has made contact, none of the Upper Echelon has deemed my situation serious enough to make personal contact or even acknowledge my home has been flooded. Too busy having leave again!
“In view of the fact that other Residents had expressed concerns, it was unclear whether a meeting would now be with, Burscough Flood Group, the Residents, or just me, and so I sought clarity. “Firstly, could you tell me what is the meeting related to, is it as previously discussed, issues to be resolved with Burscough Flood Group, is it related to problems in Crabtree Lane or is it for some other purpose“?
“Whilst I will be working every day trying to put my home back in a habitable, clean and healthy place to live, resolving the flooding issues must take priority. I will make time for anyone who is genuinely prepared to move things forward and help the residents here”. So here is the answer, Help For NONE OF US!!!
From WLBC “Dear Mr Webster “I have now arranged a meeting involving Mr Ian Gill, representatives from Lancashire County Council as the lead local flood authority, and representatives from United Utilities to discuss flooding in Burscough, especially on Crabtree Lane.
“This meeting is taking place on Monday 14 September and Mr Gill will come back to you following this meeting to advise you of what was discussed and the proposed way forward. Kind regards”.
So, it would appear that WLBC, United Utilities and Lancashire County Council have no need of any eye witness accounts, or any ideas from anyone else who has put in time and research into the problem, nor do they ask about what measures are already being taken, they learned all they need to know from the comfort of an office chair.
“The sad thing is, and believe me it is sad for all the residents here, they intend to come to some conclusions without having made any attempt to gather all the relevant facts, just like they did with the Jacobs’ Report. Could it be, they are running scared of meeting an old age pensioner
armed with the truth, some relevant facts and some difficult questions? You make your mind up. But read what follows.
So then, let us go back to 5 August 2020 and we read, from Mr Gill by email that says “Hello Mr Webster I can assure you that I am not intending to ‘brush off’ your concerns and questions, and I do appreciate the issues that you face. I responded to your last email as the Head of Service to ensure that you received a response that reflected both planning and drainage matters that lie within my service area. I have offered to meet with you to discuss these matters further if you wish, and that offer remains open although I appreciate the difficulties that we are faced with at the present time”. I hope that this is helpful. Regards Ian. Ian Gill Head of Growth and Development Services”.
It is worth showing Mr Gill at work, shown far right in the photograph below, with the great and the good at a launch of “The Skelmersdale Story” back in 2016. We wait to see what he will produce for anyone in 2020.