Land­mark flood­ing night­mare

Flood­ing prob­lems hit his­toric site

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Pirie

Flash flood­ing is de­stroy­ing one of Strathaven’s best­known build­ings.

Newly-re­fur­bished ar­eas of the Town Mill have been dam­aged.

The build­ing has stood since the 16th cen­tury.

Vol­un­teer Mike Burgess said: “We don’t want a lot of hard work to go to waste.”

Flash flood­ing is de­stroy­ing one of Strathaven’s best­known build­ings.

The his­toric Town Mill has had newly-re­fur­bished ar­eas of the build­ing ru­ined as well as gen­eral dam­age.

Flood­ing on the Stone­house Road out­side the Jar­dine build­ing and poor drainage has meant wa­ter has ru­ined walls in the build­ing.

The wa­ter from the main road is fil­ter­ing into the build­ing and down the sloped stream.

Also, the ladies toi­lets which are cur­rently be­ing re­fur­bished, have now been com­pletely ru­ined.

Con­cerns were raised at the lat­est meet­ing of the Strathaven Com­mu­nity Coun­cil who of­fered to help deal with the is­sue out­side the build­ing.

The build­ing has stood in Strathaven since the 16th cen­tury – and re­cently has be­come a pop­u­lar mu­sic and arts venue.

Mike Burgess, who vol­un­teers at the Mill, notes that book­ings to use the build­ing have been go­ing up but fears that in­creased wa­ter dam­age will re­sult in peo­ple no longer us­ing the fa­cil­ity.

Mike has been speak­ing with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­gard­ing the on­go­ing is­sues.

How­ever, he now be­lieves that it is Scot­tish Wa­ter’s prob­lem to fix.

“A lot of work has been un­der­taken to re­pair the build­ing,” he said. “But now the drainage is ru­in­ing all that.

“In the past we have had prob­lems with bro­ken pipes – but this is some­thing that should be able to be re­paired as well.

“The wa­ter flows the wrong way and goes to­wards the build­ing, mean­ing we are then flooded.

“We ini­tially con­tacted South La­nark­shire Coun­cil but were told it was Scot­tish Wa­ter’s prob­lem – but this has been go­ing on for at least six months.

“A lot of hard work is go­ing into the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Mill. We don’t want it to go to waste.”

A Scot­tish Wa­ter spokesper­son stated that they had checked the net­work pre­vi­ously.

A state­ment con­tin­ued: “Scot­tish Wa­ter staff at­tended the lo­ca­tion in the last two months and car­ried out var­i­ous tests and checks on our net­work and as­sets in the area of the Mill.

“These tests con­firmed there are no de­fects to re­port and any is­sues are not com­ing from our net­work.”

How­ever, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion Gor­don Mackay com­mented yes­ter­day: “We car­ried out a thor­ough CCTV in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the road drainage sys­tem at this lo­ca­tion last spring and this iden­ti­fied some dam­aged pipes.

“Work to re­place the dam­aged sec­tions of pipework was com­pleted in ad­vance of resur­fac­ing works last sum­mer and we were sat­is­fied that the road gul­lies and as­so­ci­ated out­let pipes were op­er­at­ing sat­is­fac­to­rily at that stage.

“Fol­low­ing fur­ther re­ports of flood­ing in March this year, we took ac­tion to clear and high-pres­sure jet a blocked gully and this has re­solved the im­me­di­ate is­sue.

“Notwith­stand­ing, we have asked Scot­tish Wa­ter to in­ves­ti­gate their main car­rier pipe at this lo­cus to en­sure it is op­er­at­ing at full ca­pac­ity.

“The coun­cil’s sur­face wa­ter drainage sys­tem con­nects into Scot­tish Wa­ter’s sys­tem and it is there­fore re­liant on their main car­rier pipe work­ing prop­erly.”

Floody hel­lWater out­side the Town Mill is leak­ing into the build­ing

Da­m­ageMike in­spects the prob­lems caused by flash flood­ing

Con­cern­sMike Burgess at the Town Mill in Strathaven

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