Call for inquiry into surfaced driveways after recent floods
POOR street drainage and surfaced driveways could be contributing to flash flooding across Birmingham, it has been claimed.
Questions have been raised about why storms on Sunday, May 27 – when a month’s rain fell in just one hour – caused such widespread disruption across the city.
Liberal Democrat councillors Roger Harmer (Acocks Green) and Jon Hunt (Perry Barr) have now called for an inquiry into the loss of natural drainage from streets due to housing alterations.
Cllr Harmer said: “Our drainage systems are not designed for the water run-off we’ve got. When people tarmac over their drives or put outbuildings on the front of their homes the water arrives on the street much fast- er than it would usually. On the planning side of it, when you do things to your frontages, there are things you have to do to ensure there is proper drainage, but the council doesn’t enforce it.
“You might think one driveway won’t make a difference but, if you have thousands and thousands of them, the accumulation will have a significant impact on the speed in which the water gets to the drain.
“While we look at it in the major applications such as new hospitals, it is the individual household changes which are not being dealt with properly.”
Both councillors will move a formal motion at the full council meeting on Tuesday for an inquiry with ‘strong resident input’.