Stour Cen­tre car park is more like a lake again

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THE Stour Cen­tre car park was an­other vic­tim of the floods that struck Ash­ford bor­ough this week.

Wa­ter in the sports cen­tre’s park­ing area ap­peared an­kledeep in places as the nearby East Stour burst its banks on Mon­day.

More than two inches of rain had fallen over two days and Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil en­gi­neers had mea­sured a to­tal eight inches of rain dur­ing Novem­ber.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “We had to close both the Tan­nery Lane and Sta­tion Road en­trances due to flood­ing.

“Cars could still leave the car parks with ex­treme care.

“The sit­u­a­tion was closely mon­i­tored and we posted up­dates on our web­site as the sit­u­a­tion changed.”

Vis­i­tors to the Civic and Stour Cen­tre were ad­vised to park at the Dover Place and Sta­tion Road spa­ces.

The nearby Hen­wood car park was also closed.

This is the fourth suc­ces­sive win­ter that the Civic and Stour Cen­tre car park area has been flooded. Parts of the ground were un­der sev­eral inches of wa­ter last Jan­uary and park­ing spa­ces and ac­cess roads had flooded 12 months ear­lier.

And in De­cem­ber 2006, coun­cil

The flooded Stour Cen­tre car park work­ers strug­gled to pump out 350,000 litres of flood­wa­ter.

The spa­ces are built on a flood plain and the coun­cil ex­plains that the area is de­signed to ab­sorb over­flow.

Both the Stour and Civic Cen­tres were built on piers over­ground level park­ing spa­ces and vi­tal equip­ment and plant rooms are placed above wa­ter level or flood pro­tected.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1651201

Colin Gould clean­ing up his flooded cel­lar at the Crown in St Michael’s

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1650909

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