Floods prove a drain on our resources

PUBLISHED: 12:37 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

IN answer to The Crow s report in last week s edition on the flooding, what else do people expect? Nine-inch storm water drains replacing surface water ditches capable of taking 10 times the volume of water. Or the bright idea from the powers-that-be to

IN answer to The Crow's report in last week's edition on the flooding, what else do people expect?

Nine-inch storm water drains replacing surface water ditches capable of taking 10 times the volume of water.

Or the bright idea from the powers-that-be to concrete and tarmac every inch of land possible in the name of progress without any thought of the extra water which would normally be soaked into the ground.

And, of course, in Royston's case they thought it a good idea to re-locate the sewage works to accommodate all the extra houses, and building a large housing estate on a site which acted as a flood plain.

Here in Melbourn, the case is slightly different, as the majority of footways do not get swept at all, resulting in any rubbish finding its way into the surface water drains, thus preventing the free flow of any water.

Cllr TERRY ROLT

Melbourn Parish Council

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