CONCERNS have been raised over a drainage system installed in a South Derbyshire village which one resident has branded a ‘disgrace’.
Derbyshire County Council installed the new system in Station Road, Hatton, in October last year.
With this system, water is supposed to drain away along three vertical holes drilled in the paving slabs which line the road.
But Station Road resident Mick Cramp, 67, said he has demanded action from the county council as these holes regularly become blocked leading to minor flooding on the road whenever it rains.
Mr Cramp, who has lived in the village for 40 years, told the Mail he has also invited councillors and members of the council’s highways department to come and see the flooding with their own eyes.
He said: “It’s an absolutely disgrace because people are getting wet through at the bus stop when heavy lorries come up the road.
“I’m getting sick and fed up with it.”
The drainage slabs run the length of Station Road, which is about three quarters of a mile long and Mr Cramp says they have never been cleaned.
He said: “It’s not long since the road was surface dressed but the holes are blocked up and none of the water is running away.
“When it rains the road is just a great big puddle. It’s not affecting everybody’s houses but when lorries come along here there’s nowhere to hide.
“You just grit your teeth and get wet through at times.
“I’m not the only one moaning about it. I just want them to be cleaned out once and for all and for it to be done properly.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said it was aware of the problem and had arranged for the system to be cleaned with a water jet unit next week.
The spokesman said: “There has been some surface dressing on the road which has caused some restrictions on the drainage holes in the curb.
“Our engineer is aware that there is a problem but the issue is in hand. He apologises and says it should be resolved in a week or so.”
The complaint comes after the Mail reported that up to 24ml of rain had fell in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire causing some localised flooding.
Temperatures in the region also fell by half as highs of 24 degrees last week fell to just 12 degrees over the weekend.