Flooding problems are targeted

Previous work: Roadworks on Stanifield Lane, Farington, in February
Previous work: Roadworks on Stanifield Lane, Farington, in February

A list of flooding hotspots in South Ribble has been drawn up in a bid to tackle the problem.

A new group has been set up between South Ribble Council, Lancashire County Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities.

Now, the Making Space For Water team is coming up with ways of putting an end to residents’ misery, where properties are at risk after downpours.

The most recent project has involved installing a new storm water drain, taking rainwater away from some houses in the Farington area in Leyland.

Another project involved an area of land, which persistently flooded over the years, between Parkgate Drive and Royal Avenue at Worden Park, when a local watercourse burst its banks during heavy rain, swamping several properties nearby.

South Ribble Council and the Environment Agency completed a successful joint project costing £50,000 to create a holding area to collect overflowing water.

When some landscaping work is completed, it will look like a natural wildlife feature during dry spells, but turns into a temporary pond after downpours.

The team is now working on a possible scheme to improve drain capacity and private culverts, as part of ongoing efforts to solve flooding problems in the centre of Lostock Hall.

The group is keen to hear about sites which frequently flood.

Call them on 01772 421491.