MP’s demands over flood site

Gordon Marsden MP on Rosefinch Way, where severe flooding took place last year. Mr Marsden says developer Morris Homes should take more responsibility for drainage issues on the estate.
Gordon Marsden MP on Rosefinch Way, where severe flooding took place last year. Mr Marsden says developer Morris Homes should take more responsibility for drainage issues on the estate.
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A resort MP has called for more action a year on from floods which hit a new Blackpool housing estate.

The final stages of a contractor are being put in place to build a permanent new pumping station near Rosefinch Way and Lark Close, inMarton.

But Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has called on Blackpool Council to push developer Morris Homes to complete the work sooner rather than later.

The floods saw up to a metre of water hit the development, with firefighters and council staff spending 48 hours to help residents keep the floods at bay.

Mr Marsden said: “We have been pressing both United Utilities and Morris Homes strongly to come up with a permanent solution.

“There has been progress since last year but Morris Homes continues to evade its responsibility and I think this is something the council needs to press them on.

“This simply demonstrates the overall network of problems in and around the Marton area which underlines the lack of wisdom in promoting a major new development in the area without looking at the environmental consequences.”

United Utilities says it has now adopted the sewerage system for the streets, and will do the same once Morris Homes completes the new pumping station.

A spokesperson for Morris Homes said: “The only remaining scheduled works at the development is the creation of a permanent foul water pumping station, to replace the current temporary facility.

“We are in the final stages of appointing a contractor to carry out this project and will be writing to residents to confirm when works will start.

“It should be noted that the foul water pumping provision at the development is completely separate and unconnected to the surface water flooding which occurred last October.”

Coun Fred Jackson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for flood management, said “This time last year, there was an excessive amount of rain and, even though all of the pumping stations were working at full capacity, the sheer volume of water was too much to stop the access roads from flooding.

“Along with the Environment Agency and United Utilities, we have been looking into possible ways that we can secure the estate from any future flooding.

“We are currently in discussions with all the relevant authorities to put in place measures to stop this from happening again and will keep local residents informed of our progress throughout.”