Anger over road flooding in Colerne

This Is Wiltshire: Mike Denning outside his home in Silver Street Mike Denning outside his home in Silver Street

A builder wants Wiltshire Council to solve a flooding problem outside his Colerne house, which he claims first started when the authority resurfaced his road in May.

Mike Denning, 75, says he has been plagued by water collecting in Silver Street and running on to his land since the council worked on the road five months ago.

Mr Denning is worried that te water, which is running under his drystone 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.

“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 says he has called the council more than 20 times to ask for appropriate drainage to be installed, but nothing has been done.

However the council has put sandbags and cones in the area which floods.

Mr Denning, whose family have 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 whether comes and the lake outside my home starts freezing.”

When contacted by the Wiltshire Times, a spokesman for Wiltshire Council said: “We apologise for any inconvenience and our contractors are hoping to rectify the situation as soon as possible.”

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