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Anger as gardens are flooded due to 'faulty drains'

Anger as gardens are flooded due to 'faulty drains'

by Tom Martin (January 2021)

These images show how gardens in Scarisbrick become flooded during bad weather, with angry residents blaming faulty drains.

Debra Bradley, who lives on Woodmoss Lane, has been complaining to United Utilities and her local council about the problem, which she claims has been going on for years.

She said: “The pictures are nothing compared to what we usually get. And if it keeps raining then it will get worse. There are two families whose electricity cuts out. 

“I have numerous more other photos from December, November and more. 

“The issue is with the council and their inability to fix the drains in Bescar Lane. This has been going on for years and I’ve been in touch with MP Rosie Cooper, who got in touch with United Utilities.

“We have contacted the council on numerous occasions, as have a lot of the neighbours. You are told to go on their website to point out the drains that are blocked. We have done this several times and the council have been out to fix the drains a few times but they are never fixed.”

United Utilities say the problem is not their responsibility and directed Mrs Bradley to contact the council.

A letter sent to Mrs Bradley from United Utilities, which has been seen by the Champion, says: “After checking all our assets in the location of the flooding, we found no issues with our network but did find that there was a blockage on a highway road gully. This has been reported to the Highways at your local council who will now need to carry out their investigations and remedy the gully to restore flow.”

A spokesperson for West Lancashre Borough Council told the Champion that because it’s an issue with the drains, it is the responsibility of Lancashire County Council.

The Champion contacted Lancashire County Council for comment.

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