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Councillors call for flood crisis meeting
6:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
SENIOR councillors have demanded a crisis meeting with a water company over fears areas of Shoebury could be swamped with flood water and raw sewage.
Members from across the political spectrum have called on Anglian Water to take “urgent and immediate action” to clear drainage ditches and fix a suspected faulty outflow to protect residents from the “further misery”
of flooding, in a stronglyworded open letter.
The letter, from Conservative Shoebury councillors Tony Cox, Derek Jarvis and Roger Hadley, and Independent Mike Assenheim, said: “We are urging Anglian Water to take urgent and immediate action so residents in Shoebury and West Shoebury wards do not have to suffer further misery.
“While we are naturally concerned for the residents we represent here in Shoebury, we, along with other councillors, have a number of concerns with the Anglian Water drainage network within the borough.
“We are asking if a representative from Anglian Water would be prepared to attend a meeting with elected councillors to ensure issues and concerns can be addressed.”
The councillors claim the water firm has failed to clear weeds from drainage ditches that follow the route of the old River Shoe, from North Corner, through Shoebury Park and at the back of Jenna Close, and fix a faulty valve at the end of Barge Pier Road, which is meant to let rainwater out into the sea.
They claim this led to flooding in Campfield Road on October 11 and 20 and over the August bank holiday.
The council will clear weeds from drainage ditches around Gunners Park for which it and Garrison Estate developer County and Metropolitan are responsible next month.
An Anglian Water spokesman said: “The ownership of the drainage ditches around Shoebury is complex.
“While we are responsible for some of them, their maintenance is a job best done together with the borough council and others who are responsible for the rest of the ditches.
“We have already met with council officers to start discussions on how best we can work together.
“We would be very happy to meet with the local councillors to talk about this and discuss what we can all do for the benefit of local people.”
*ANGLIAN Water called in extra staff and cancelled routine work after forecasters warned of heavy rain, sparking flooding fears at the weekend.
The company, which faced criticism over how its infrastructure coped with heavy rain in Southend over the August bank holiday, put staff on standby to deal with any problems caused by the stormy weather.
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