Road resurfacing work has led to damage after rains
1:00pm Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
A Colerne man wants Wiltshire Council to solve a flooding problem outside his house which first started when they resurfaced his road in May.
Mike Denning, 75, has been left frustrated with large puddles of water forming in Silver Street and running on to his land since Wiltshire Council worked on the road, covering a gully, five months ago.
Builder Mr Denning is worried that the water running underneath his dry stone wall could result in it and his garden collapsing.
He said: “They resurfaced the road back in May and completely blocked up the gully which has meant a huge lake forms after about 30 minutes of rain and nothing has been done about it.
“I’m very fed up about it all and it really shouldn’t have been like this for so long.”
Mr Denning said that he has called Wiltshire Council more than 20 times to get appropriate drainage installed but nothing has yet been done, although they have been out and put sandbags and cones in the area which floods.
Mr Denning, whose family has lived in Colerne since the 1960s, said: “This hasn’t had any effect, it hasn’t done any good, it still floods anyway. All the villagers who have lived here for many years have never seen Silver Street flood before now and other than being a frustration for me it is actually very dangerous.
“People are having to walk on the road and it is going to get even more dangerous when the cold weather comes and the lake outside my home starts freezing.”
A Wiltshire Council spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience and our contractors are hoping to rectify the situation as soon as possible.”