Good Quality Farmland Not Farmed Because Of Flooding

A few days ago we heard from Bernie Webster that, “as the rainfall continued into the dark hours, the field which meets up with the recently built football field in Burscough, in order to make way for even more housing, flooded extensively. The extent of the flooding was quite apparent right the way through to the new ground, which incidentally is reported to have previously flooded.

“The land under water is good quality farmland and it is being taken out of production because the drainage system is failing catastrophically on a regular basis. Yet having seen the flooding to this field, I would not put it past some who have a thirst for the funds that are generated from development to claim, as they have done before, that there is no evidence of flooding here.

“There is no doubt that putting in place culverts which were fit for purpose would relieve some of this problem. The fact is, part of the railway collapsed on 6th October last year and the “Temporary Repair” put in place by Network Rail appears to have taken on a state of permanence. The repaired section is actually smaller in capacity of that which was repaired, making an inadequate culvert even less effective, and therefore only adds to the threat to homes locally as well as submerging farmland.

“So I wonder, what is the “Railway Timetable” for addressing the flooding issues here which are brought about by the inadequate culverts and the lack of urgency they show to fulfilling their obligations?”

And those who are flooded regularly gave their thanks to Rosie Cooper who spoke up in the Commons about flooding in West Lancashire. There are of course elements of the officer classes in LCC who, we might conclude, have no interest in taking positive measures to stop homes being flooded. What DO we employ them for?

1 thought on “Good Quality Farmland Not Farmed Because Of Flooding

  1. stodgey

    Culverts are only effective so long as they are regularly maintained. In order for that to happen, someone has to take ownership of them right from the off, to routinely inspect, clear – and if necessary, repair; so the emphasis is on preventing catastrophic failure rather than trying to do a make do and mend job by the first company to blink when the worst happens. The elevated township that is Yew Tree Farm has culverts, and since the day they were built, I’ve wondered whether anyone has ever inspected them. Is any company tasked with maintenance – or has the builder just built them as a condition of the development, and then walked away whistling Dixie – not caring a scooby who is responsible for the upkeep of them?


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