Help plea in flooding fight

March 2004 aerial view.'Junction of Station Road and Stanah Road, Thornton. st john the evangelist church (above right of centre )PIC BY ROB LOCK
March 2004 aerial view.'Junction of Station Road and Stanah Road, Thornton. st john the evangelist church (above right of centre )PIC BY ROB LOCK
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Campaigners have today called for more money in their fight to tackle flooding blackspots in Thornton.

Almost £40,000 will be invested in improving drainage on Stanah Road in the town as part of £56m Lancashire County Council plans, announced earlier this week to repair the region’s roads.

However, Thornton Action Group, a group of residents set up to lobby for improvements to the town, want to see more than the ringfenced £37,538 spent on other parts of Thornton which are constantly at risk of flooding because of blocked drains.

Pete Ryan, chairman of the group, said: “We have flooding problems all over Thornton.

“We welcome any money but it needs to be spent all over the town.

“It comes up as a laugh in meetings and people talk about it as the Thornton drain.”

Problems with flooding in Thornton have seen various part of the Wyre town devastated by severe weather over the past two years.

Stanah Road, Lawson Road, Pennyfarthing Lane and Marsh Lane have all been flooded since 2011, leading to an 
action plan being drawn up by councillors to improve the town’s flood defences by diverting water overflow into parks or ponds.

Mr Ryan added: “Flood problems are going to get worse in Thornton if we continue to build houses and don’t take up the measures necessary to deal with surface water.

“I always welcome anything that helps flooding problems but it’s a drop in the ocean because money needs spending.”

Coun Kerry Jones, Wyre councillor for Staina ward, said: “It will definitely help residents in that area.

“As far as I’m aware they are going to re-do the water course behind the homes on Stanah Road, which will really help, and I’m delighted for the residents.

“It’s an issue on Stanah Road because the residents live very close to the river, so anything we can do to help is fantastic.

“We have to keep on top of it and it’s something residents in Wyre have to monitor.

“If there’s any debris in ditches we have to report it straight away and, ultimately, this will alleviate any problems.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, highways manager for Wyre at Lancashire County Council, said: “The Government recently introduced changes to the way flood risk is managed with the county council now adopting a lead role in coordinating partner agencies and taking a proactive approach to understanding and, where possible, dealing with local problems.

“We regularly clear highway drains as part of our planned maintenance programme, and have recently resolved a short-term problem on Lawsons Road by jetting the drains.”