Flash floods blamed for state of blighted Swindon street
POTHOLES in a Westlea street are being made worse by persistent flooding in the area, causing a danger to the increasing number of vehicles travelling on it.
Despite a number of attempts to repair the road in Moresby Close, flash floods from the sewers and an increase in traffic have been churning up the surface, leaving residents’ cars at risk.
One resident, Sarah Lebrun, 38, said: “It has never been the greatest road to drive down. I have lived here for seven years and it has always had problems. They had floods here years ago and I think that was the start of the deterioration.
“It has just got worse and worse since then. A couple of weeks ago it was flooded again when we had all the heavy rain, and that was just shocking.
“We have had to have a non return valve fitted in our house to prevent the flooding from the sewer coming up into my back garden, which we had to pay for ourselves.”
Nick Jansen, 65, said: “The council come along every so often and put a bit of tarmac down, but that doesn’t solve the problem.
“The traffic up and down here is quite heavy now, and keeps churning up the road. These days there are cars all over the place, and the potholes have been there for a good long while because they can’t get rid of them.”
Nick thinks the frequency of flooding in the area can be blamed on the clearing of sludge from the old Thames Water sewage treatment works in 1985.
“The major problem came from the flooding after they took the sludge beds out of the nature reserve,” he said.
“In order to stop the flooding there they put a pipe down to restrict the water flow, which has just pushed the water along to us.
“We had a message from someone in the council saying they were going to come along to sort out the potholes, but they have tried that in the past, and it has not worked. To be honest I do not think there is a viable solution.”
Coun Jim Robbins, (Lab, Mannington & Western), said: “We have been speaking to the residents of Moresby Close, where there has been a lot of recent flooding, and we are liaising with the Environment Agency, hoping to arrange a site visit.
“We will be meeting with the people on the road to work out what we can do together to improve the situation.
“We are determined to make sure the Environment Agency and the council can work together to sort this out. We are very clear we will do what we can to support the residents, but the responsibility for the river lies with the Environment Agency.
“I believe this is an ongoing issue, as there was a meeting back in 2010 to arrange the best way to sort the problem out.”
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