Flood issue top priority

Councillor Don MacNaughton and (below) flooding at Lawson Road.

Councillor Don MacNaughton and (below) flooding at Lawson Road.

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AN emergency plan to tackle flooding in problem areas has been put forward by town hall bosses.

Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood’s action plan for Thornton will be reviewed by the authority’s cabinet next week – and reviewing the way flooding is dealt with is at the top of their priorities.

Flooding at Lawsons Road, Thornton

Flooding at Lawsons Road, Thornton

Over the last 12 months, heavy rain has devastated parts of the area, including Marsh Road, Pennyfarthing Lane and Lawson Road while also forcing the closure of Royles Brook Primary School and affecting meetings at 1st Thornton Cleveleys Scouts.

Coun Don MacNaughton, Bourne ward councillor and the action plan’s lead member, said: “Flooding is a main priority for residents in Thornton and as councillors we should be shouting as loud as we can about this.

“I’ve never been flooded myself but I’ve seen the effects and they are appalling.

“People’s lives can be totally ruined by it and we have a duty to do something about it.”

The plan involves revising and reviewing emergency plans, working closely with the Fylde coast flood forum and exploring the potential for diverting water overflow into parks or ponds.

Chris Pool, the group scout leader of 1st Thornton Cleveleys, says the proposals will save the Marsh Road organisation from losing more money from flooding.

He said: “From what we’ve been told by the water board, the drains couldn’t cope with the amount of water coming from Royles Brook School and we were under four or five inches of water for five day.

“Any plan which will alleviate flooding is a great idea.

“If we can stop the building from flooding on a regular basis it will certainly cut down on the amount of money we have to pay out.”

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