New homes will cause more floods claim

Flooding on Chain Lane, Staining
Flooding on Chain Lane, Staining
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A FLOODING nightmare in a rural Fylde village would be made much worse if more homes are built in the area, it has been claimed.

Staining councillor John Singleton’s comments came as floods brought traffic to a standstill for the second time in as many weeks.

Cars became trapped in the village when water levels rose rapidly and drivers were left with no choice but to abandon stricken vehicles.

Chain Lane and The Nook were left impassable after torrents of water flooded roads on Wednesday.

But Coun Singleton says the problem will only get worse once current developments by Jones Homes are completed.

Jones Homes is currently building 28 new properties in Staining and could be set to build another 55, according to the councillor.

If that happens he claims the town would be left with “too much concrete” and nowhere for the water to drain.

Coun Singleton told The Gazette: “There are further developments planned and I don’t think we have the infrastructure in place to accommodate any more homes.

“It’s just going to make the situation worse.

“We can’t carry on like this because it’s absolutely horrendous and it’s not the first time this has happened.

“The floods have been terrible. Traffic couldn’t go through at all and roads were blocked off in two separate places.

“The area at the Kings Close roundabout was totally impassable and we had one person pulling people out and others were buying pumps to get rid of the water.”

Coun Singleton says when the water levels become too much they cannot reach the various dykes around the village, which act as drainage.

But John Roocroft, divisional development director of Jones Homes, says its drainage system has been approved.

He added: “We can confirm the discharge of surface 
water from our new development into the existing drainage system is controlled to a rate which is less than was entering the drains prior to any development 
taking place, with water being stored on site in large pipes beneath the roads.

“The design of the drainage system has been approved by both United Utilities and the Environment Agency.”