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Fire worries after water pressure issues at golf club blaze

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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WATER pressure issues which hampered firefighters as they tackled a huge blaze in Rolleston have prompted fears for residents over safety in the future.

Crews were forced to pump water from Brook Hollows, in the centre of the village, as they battled flames at former Craythorne Golf Club last month, as the water pressure was too low to use the mains.

The issue has now caused concern for people living in the village, who fear they are being left vulnerable if there is another blaze in the area.

"It's something that needs to be looked into. Is it safe with this low water pressure? I'm concerned about them building new houses when this is a problem. We need to make sure the village is safe, and be wary of fire because the water pressure is low," Rolleston Parish Council chairman James Toon said at the latest meeting of the group.

Several people have raised concerns with individual councillors, the meeting was told, with one man complaining the pressure was so low at his house that he was unable to shower and use the washing machine at the same time.

One member of the public, who lives on the Westbury Estate, off Station Road, said she had been so worried about fire safety in the area, she had contacted Staffordshire County Council to discover how many fire hydrants had been installed in the area.

She was sent a plan which showed not a single one.

She said: "This is a serious concern. It seems there is nothing for the 89 houses."

A spokesman for South Staffs Water said the company always went out of its way to help the fire service if there were issues getting water to an incident.

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