En­force­ment no­tices is­sued in an ef­fort to fight flood­ing

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

EN­FORCE­MENT no­tices have been is­sued to six New­burgh prop­er­ties in an ef­fort to al­le­vi­ate flood­ing in the vil­lage.

Fol­low­ing con­cerns raised by res­i­dents of Course Lane about flood­ing at their prop­erty, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper con­tacted the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, West Lancashire Bor­ough Coun­cil and Lancashire County Coun­cil as the Lo­cal Lead Flood Au­thor­ity.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency stated that as the re­ported flood­ing was iden­ti­fied as sur­face wa­ter, it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of LCC to man­age the risk.

LCC be­lieved the flood­ing was be­ing caused by is­sues with the cul­verted water­course run­ning un­der lo­cal prop­er­ties and gar­dens, mean­ing that while LCC have sur­veyed a sec­tion of the water­course that runs un­der its high­way and found it to be clear and func­tional, lo­cal res­i­dents would need to in­ves­ti­gate drains on their own prop­erty.

Fol­low­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Lancashire County Coun­cil have now is­sued six sep­a­rate Sec­tion 25 en­force­ment let­ters to prop­er­ties along this sec­tion of water­course, in­form­ing them of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as ri­par­ian own­ers.

Ms Cooper said: “West Lancashire and in par­tic­u­lar New­burgh have again ex­pe­ri­enced se­vere flood­ing in­ci­dents in re­cent weeks and I con­tinue to raise res­i­dents’ con­cerns with the flood risk man­age­ment agen­cies seek­ing long term so­lu­tions so res­i­dents need not ex­pe­ri­ence these again.

“In deal­ing with Lancashire County Coun­cil on the is­sue of flood­ing on Course Lane, they now tell me that as the drain runs un­der lo­cal prop­er­ties and gar­dens, lo­cal res­i­dents are re­spon­si­ble for the main­te­nance and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of drains on their land as ‘ri­par­ian own­ers’.

“As a re­sult, Lancashire County Coun­cil have is­sued en­force­ment let­ters to six prop­er­ties. LCC tell me the landown­ers now have 30 days to in­form them that they are un­der­tak­ing the re­quired in­spec­tions and main­te­nance work. A sec­ond en­force­ment let­ter will be sent if they fail to do this.”

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