MOTORING misery could remain after it has been revealed that no one is willing to spend money on a pumping station which could prevent flooding on the A38.
John Beckett, the Environment Agency’s development and flood risk officer, based in Fradley, was invited to a meeting of Branston Parish Council on Tuesday to discuss problems with flooding in the village and along the A38.
For two days late last year, a large section of the A38 near Burton was closed due to flooding causing commuters another nightmarish journey to work as they were forced to sit in lengthy tailbacks on alternative routes including the A511 and A444.
Mr Beckett told residents and parish councillors that the Tatenhill Brook which flows through Tatenhill and enters the River Trent upstream of Branston, is struggling with sheer volume of water, saying: “It cannot be solved easily. We have had a very wet winter and we have to put up with it.”
The channel of Tatenhill Brook is mostly open, with small culverted sections through the Old Mill in Tatenhill, underneath the canal, under the A38 and under the railway.
It is the railway that seems to be the problem with Mike Ackroyd, chairman of Branston Parish Council, saying: “I have been told that there is a blockage in a culvert to the railway so it is not surprising that the Tatenhill Brook is struggling.
“The total solution to the water problem is for a pumping station this side of the railway and supplies the river from the brook.”
However, the flood risk officer said: “This (pumping station) has been designed but no one will spend money on it.
“There will be an engineering solution but it won’t be a pumping station.”
The Environment Agency said it will report back on any maintenance issues surrounding Tatenhill Brook after residents said it needed clearing out.
Parish councillor, Fred Smith, added: “It is the sheer pressure of development there on Tatenhill Brook. It puts pressure on A38 and they deserve some sort of protection.”
FLOODING on land earmarked for 2,500 homes is the responsibility of the landowner, the Environment Agency has claimed.
John Beckett spoke out during a meeting of Branston Parish Council after concerns were raised over constant flooding problems which remain in the village.
There are worries from residents and parish councillors that water is not able to drain off areas of land in the village due to what they claim is drainage problems. They also claim the problem will get worse with the planned Branston Locks development of 2,500 homes earmarked for the 400-acre Lawns Farm site.
Residents told Mr Beckett that water still remains on this land, with the flood risk officer responding: “If the landowner is happy to have floodwater on his land then what’s the problem?”
He was then told by residents that it would be a problem if the water floods the village, and he added: “It is the landowners’ responsibility and if becomes a problem for third parties then the borough council has the powers to act.”
Parish councillor, John Yates, asked: “If you already have a problem then where is water going to go when there are 2,500 homes?”
Mr Beckett said: “The water will go in the same direction is goes in at the moment. The important thing is not to overload it and make space for water on the site. A lot of the flooding is caused by a lack of maintenance.”