Angry residenst demand answers after flood misery

Andover Advertiser: Residents at Sunday's meeting in the Plaza Theatre Residents at Sunday's meeting in the Plaza Theatre

WE WANT answers now!

That was the message from angry Romsey residents who packed a public meeting yesterday (Sunday) having been subjected to repeated flooding over the Christmas and new year period.

Many saw their homes or cellars filled with sewage as the town’s Victorian drainage system failed to cope with recent weather.

Around 60 residents of Winchester Road met at the Plaza Theatre to draw up a list of urgent questions for Southern Water, Test Valley Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and the Environment Agency.

It comes as county council leader Roy Perry, whose division Romsey Extra cover the outskirts of the town, announced at the meeting he had commissioned an independent inquiry into the drainage problems.

Among the concerns raised was the future impact of more than 60 new homes in developments north and south of the road.

None of the agencies were invited to the meeting.

Mr Perry said he was taking advantage of recent legislation to order the inquiry, which would be one of the first of its kind in the country.

He said: “We will appoint qualified consultants to investigate and the results will be put in the public domain so all of the agencies will have to address the resulting issues.”

Mr Perry added the inquiry would start “as soon as possible” but could not put a timeframe on how long it would take.

Caroline Nokes, Romsey MP, was also present at the meeting and confirmed she was meeting Southern Water and the Environment Agency to discuss the problems on Friday.

Mrs Nokes, who raised the issue in Parliament last week, said: “I think it’s really key to get to the bottom of what caused all of the separate incidents in the town and whether they were related or not.”

The residents formed a sub-committee to draft letters to each agency with a list of concerns about the sewerage system, street cleaning, compensation and the impact of both new developments.

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4:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

johnedwardss053 says...

Its Monday afternoon and I have just found out about the meeting on Sunday. We live in Mainstone (obviously, someone forgot about us folks over here!!!) , opposite the Cromwell Arms where Southern Water (SW) are digging two great holes in the road. This digging has been going on for what seems an age now.

The latest hole to be dug was started at approx 9.30pm on Sunday night with a pneumatic drill that went on for hours. There is also a large pump outside that has been going 24hrs a day to get rid of the groundwater that keeps filling up the holes SW are digging.

Furthermore, sandbags laid outside in the road diverted floodwater onto the drive and garden. There has been an incursion of water into the home. We still have a dehumidifier here!!! Part of the garden is trashed.

I also have photos of a highways person(?) emptying a gully of accumulated silt after they broke open the two covers because no one had a key to open them up. So much for regular maintenance then!!!

Its ok for the likes of Cr Perry and MP Noakes to turn up and say that they are going to the bottom of the cause. You have to look no further to the cuts in services that must be a contributing factor in this scenario of flooding.

Instead of an independent enquiry, why doesn't someone just ask the local residents why this has happened.!!! Oh one last thing, last night I discovered that if I hung something over my curtain, I could negate the annoying effect of the orange flashing lights. Fortunately, I am partially deaf in one ear so the incessant working of the pump doesn't affect me too much, only if I turn over, then I get to hear it. This week we have hardly slept.
Its Monday afternoon and I have just found out about the meeting on Sunday. We live in Mainstone (obviously, someone forgot about us folks over here!!!) , opposite the Cromwell Arms where Southern Water (SW) are digging two great holes in the road. This digging has been going on for what seems an age now. The latest hole to be dug was started at approx 9.30pm on Sunday night with a pneumatic drill that went on for hours. There is also a large pump outside that has been going 24hrs a day to get rid of the groundwater that keeps filling up the holes SW are digging. Furthermore, sandbags laid outside in the road diverted floodwater onto the drive and garden. There has been an incursion of water into the home. We still have a dehumidifier here!!! Part of the garden is trashed. I also have photos of a highways person(?) emptying a gully of accumulated silt after they broke open the two covers because no one had a key to open them up. So much for regular maintenance then!!! Its ok for the likes of Cr Perry and MP Noakes to turn up and say that they are going to the bottom of the cause. You have to look no further to the cuts in services that must be a contributing factor in this scenario of flooding. Instead of an independent enquiry, why doesn't someone just ask the local residents why this has happened.!!! Oh one last thing, last night I discovered that if I hung something over my curtain, I could negate the annoying effect of the orange flashing lights. Fortunately, I am partially deaf in one ear so the incessant working of the pump doesn't affect me too much, only if I turn over, then I get to hear it. This week we have hardly slept. johnedwardss053
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