Residents plead for flood action

Residents in Staining, including Jayne Davies (second right) and Coun John Singleton (right) are angry at the amount of flooding they are suffering. BELOW: Jayne Davies in her flooded driveway in Staining.
Residents in Staining, including Jayne Davies (second right) and Coun John Singleton (right) are angry at the amount of flooding they are suffering. BELOW: Jayne Davies in her flooded driveway in Staining.
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RESIDENTS forced to batten down the hatches every time it rains are pleading for swift action.

Homes on Staining’s Eddleston Close have spent seven years plagued by floodwater during bad weather, with driveways, garages and gardens left submerged.

Jayne Davies in her flooded driveway in Staining.

Jayne Davies in her flooded driveway in Staining.

And now they are demanding Lancashire County Council take action to clean up and repair the collapsed drains and blocked dykes they believe are causing the problem.

Jayne Davies was left shin-deep in water three times during torrential rain earlier this month, and said: “It’s got worse over the past couple of years and it’s not just me that is affected, there are a number of residents in the street who are experiencing these problems.

“One woman has been fighting this for seven years with water running off Staining School playing fields.

“Many of us have got pumps fitted to get rid of the water but there was so much surface water came down the street, they could not cope.

“This is only summer, we’re not in winter yet and if the county council could implement the solution sooner rather than later we would all heave a big sigh of relief.”

Coun John Singleton is helping the residents in their fight and added: “This has been going on for years and it’s getting worse, residents have now had to spend a lot of their own money on pumps.

“I’m quite encouraged by the county council’s proposals but the residents want a nearer completion date.”

The council took on the flood authority role in April, and Jim Robson, assistant director of environmental services for the county council, said: “We have met with local councillors and residents and agreed to investigate flooding at Eddleston Close, Staining.

“We will now work closely with United Utilities, the Environment Agency, the borough council and other partners to find out what is causing the flooding and to identify a scheme to prevent it. We expect the scheme will be ready for construction early next financial year.”

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