Meeting to discuss flooding problems

Water running from Worden Park onto Parkgate Drive
Water running from Worden Park onto Parkgate Drive

A date has been set for council chiefs to meet with residents to discuss problems with surface water coming from Worden Park.

Jack Smith, a resident of Cumberland Avenue, spoke at the meeting, addressing Coun Peter Mullineux about their concerns.

He said: “For the past three years, our gardens have been flooded four times.

“The worst time was in November when we had to have pumps outside our house for three nights and two days working for 24 hours to stop it getting into my house.

“Even though we could not get much sleep, it did clearly prevent our house being flooded.

“Our garage was filled with water but we were grateful to the parks management team for coming out to sort it.

“We are grateful to the staff for dealing with us.

“This area was flooded several times in the past and even though the solution may be expensive it really needs fixed.”

Coun Fred Heyworth, who represents the area, spoke up at the meeting, said: “I have discussed this issue with the community.

“This is a hazardous condition as human excrement and even sanitary products coming from other areas through this particular part of Leyland.

“I am asking if a sign could be put up to warn people about the dangers of the waterways because it is near the play park or even closing the path until it is sorted.”

Coun Matthew Tomlinson added that it was ‘unacceptable’ residents were still dealing with this situation.

The Guardian reported about the concerns of the residents last year, and Roy Rawcliffe spoke at the meeting.

He said: “We are reading that the motto on the wall for this meeting is South Ribble: A great place to live work visit and play.

“Well that is not the situation for local people on Parkgate Drive and surrounding streets.

“We have got surface rainwater coming out on to our streets when it rains heavily.”

Mr Rawcliffe added that some residents on the street could be facing increase insurance premiums due to problems they are facing with water getting into their properties.

Coun Peter Mullineux, said: “I am not going to explain all of the problems and all that it entails.

“I have already had some discussions with Mr Rawcliffe and we have been given a date of January 31 to meet and talk about all the issues.

“The council is doing its best to put things right.”