FLOODING issues which blighted homes in some parts of Rolleston last year could soon be resolved, after plans were approved to try to alleviate the problem.
The authority has agreed to approve the use of a JCB to clear ditches along Craythorne Road in the village, in a bid to stop water cascading out and flooding properties on School Lane, Station Road and Alderbrook Close.
The area was selected from four possible sites put forward in discussions with the Environment Agency, as it was thought the problem were more severe here than in other parts of the village.
A report to the council said: “This route probably causes the most trouble. The roadside ditches either side of the road discharge into a pipe that runs down the right hand side of Beacon Road. It is in a very poor state of repair. Cleaning out the ditches would improve the conveyance and storage capacity upstream of the village.”
At the latest meeting of the authority, Councillor Simon Anderson said there were still people trying to sort out insurance after they were hit by flooding last year.
He added: “This is really impacting on people. We need to secure the resources to do this and then get on with it. It isn’t acceptable to do nothing because we have got people’s houses flooding.”
The one-day use of the JCB has been offered for free by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths. Other costs may be covered by grants, the authority was told.
But despite the good news a resident who lives on nearby Beacon Road warned that something also had to be done to fix the pipe which runs underneath the road, otherwise, problems would just keep happening.
“If that isn’t replaced, when the ditch is cleared there is nowhere for the water to go,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.
Improvement work has been proposed for the pipe but it is not due to take place for another two years.
Councillors made a call for the work to be brought forward to ensure bad weather did not claim further victims this year.