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Dispute over drains is unblocked at last
2:00pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
VILLAGERS who have been plagued with flooding problems for decades gave a sigh of relief after an ongoing battle with a water company to carry out urgent work on their drains was resolved.
For years residents in Castle Eaton have been trying to get action to resolve the surface water flooding that affects School Lane and Church View and the bottom of Droveway, after heavy rainfall.
And following a meeting, which was arranged by the North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, Thames Water agreed to carry out the work.
The meeting was designed to allow parish councillors and representatives from Thames Water a chance to discuss together who was responsible for unblocking and maintaining the drains which kept getting clogged.
Following a site visit and a long shuffle through old papers, it was resolved that the water company would carry out the work and maintain the drains in the future.
Castle Eaton parish councillor Les Saunders said he was pleased the issue had been resolved.
“I am sure it must be a difficult job for Thames Water, taking ownership of this drainage system from Swindon Council and finding their way through the maze of pipe work that has been neglected for some period of years, and not really having drawings and knowledge of an old system,” said Les. “The drains kept getting blocked with all sorts of rubble and for years no one knew who was in charge.
“This was the first time they (Thames Water) have come to the village to deal with this issue. Flood water has been coming up through the middle of the village during heavy rainfall.”
Mr Tomlinson said: “This has been an incredibly long-standing dispute which has gone on for decades.
“There were files of old letters from people who had long since retired.
“I felt it was best to get everybody around a table and work the situation out.
“I’m absolutely delighted that the issue has been resolved.”
A spokesperson for Thames Water said: “We cleaned the surface water drains in Castle Eaton, removing debris blocking the pipes.
“We’re pleased to have worked closely with the parish council to carry out the work and help local residents.”
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