Flooding work a waste of money'

PUBLISHED: 14:06 12 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

MP Oliver Heald is raising concerns over flooding with the Environment Agency. The move comes after an approach from residents in Pudding Lane, Barley, who suffered from flash floods last month. Mr Heald has raised questions about the kind of assessment b

MP Oliver Heald is raising concerns over flooding with the Environment Agency.

The move comes after an approach from residents in Pudding Lane, Barley, who suffered from flash floods last month.

Mr Heald has raised questions about the kind of assessment being made of the threat of floods. He said: "It is important in the new weather situation to ensure that flash flood preparations are adequate."

Mr Heald has also tabled Parliamentary questions about flood defences in Hertfordshire.

A TOWN councillor has condemned drainage work as an "extraordinary waste of public resources".

Cllr Rod Kennedy is critical of work being carried in Baldock Road, Royston.

He claimed that Herts County Council's £65,000 project was unnecessary because flooding problems in the area had been solved.

This was done when Therfield Heath conservators carried out work when new drains and soakways were installed.

"This action successfully stopped the run-off from the heath and there has been no serious flooding since," he said.

He said the current work being undertaken required the clearing of clogged ditches and drainage pipes.

"Flooding in Royston and highway drainage is still a serious problem, but not in this part of Baldock Road," he said.

"The work in Baldock Road seems an extraordinary waste of public resources when there are more essential highway matters that need to be attended too," said Cllr Kennedy.

And he added: "If the county council has funds to spare it could repair the numerous pot-holes and properly re-set block pavers in the town centre.

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