Anger over floods report delay

PUBLISHED: 09:39 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 May 2010

A REPORT into flooding on a Royston estate has been delayed for two months, sparking anger among residents. At a meeting of North Herts District Council s Royston area committee, held in October, Hertfordshire Highways resolved to look at the root of floo

A REPORT into flooding on a Royston estate has been delayed for two months, sparking anger among residents.

At a meeting of North Herts District Council's Royston area committee, held in October, Hertfordshire Highways resolved to look at the root of flooding on the Twigden Estate.

It pledged that its report on the cause of the flooding, thought to be water running off the car park at Royston leisure centre, would be ready in time for the latest meeting of the area committee, which was held last week.

However, in an interim statement it says its full report will now not be ready until the next meeting.

Town councillor Robert Smith, who is a member of the Twigden Estate action group, said: "I'm concerned at how long this is taking. I feel the residents of the Twigden Estate are being granted lip service only at the moment."

Jude Fairburn, of Pipit Close, Royston, which is in the affected area, said: "Where is the help we were offered? Still we have no report, or the promised closed circuit television plan and sewer map."

However, committee chairman Cllr Fiona Hill denied that the problems were being pushed into "second place", behind those being faced by residents of the Burns Road area, also affected by flooding.

She said: "There's no point just solving problems in one area. I'm disappointed the full report isn't here, as we want a resolution as much as anyone else."

Cllr Tony Hunter said: "This item is being looked at by Hertfordshire Highways, and not just being swept under the carpet."

The next meeting of the Royston area committee is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

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