Call for in­quiry into sur­faced drive­ways af­ter re­cent floods

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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’.

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