Flooding nightmare couple will have to wait until June for investigation report

Pamela Green is unhappy about her flooded garden. Picture: Ian Burt Pamela Green is unhappy about her flooded garden. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
6:11 PM

A couple whose garden has been submerged under water for almost a year have been told councillors will not consider a flood investigation report until June.

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Derek and Pam Green said they only started experiencing problems at their home of 42 years in Lynn Hill, Dereham, when a new housing estate was built behind them.

They said water first appeared during heavy rain last March, and apart from a brief spell over the summer has remained ever since, killing their plants and leaving them worried they will have to replace their shed.

Mrs Green, 66, said they got stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire when Dereham Town Council, Breckland Council, Anglian Water and developers Taylor Wimpey all said it was not their problem.

The couple were given hope of a solution when Norfolk County Council said in December it would use new powers it gained last year as lead local flood authority to draw up a flood investigation report.

However, it has now said its report will not go to the Environment, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Panel until June 4.

Derek Green said: “It’s rather long winded. I don’t think they care. I have lived here 42 years and last year was the first time the garden has been like that.

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous and I don’t know what they are playing at, to be honest.

“At the end of the day, no-one seems to want to take responsibility for what the problem is. No-one wants to know.

“It’s not my fault. I have 42 years to show it’s not my fault.”

Graham Brown, flood and water manager at Norfolk County Council, said: “The aim of the report is to provide a complete picture of the different roles and responsibilities in surface water management including any decisions that may have had implications for drainage in this area.

“We have already started work to assess the flood risk related to the Dereham Stream which will enable Norfolk County Council and relevant partner authorities to identify potential measures to reduce flood risk to residents and support applications for funding any mitigation measures.

“A benefit of these new powers is that those affected by flooding will no longer face being pushed from one organisation to another without their flooding problem finding a resolution.

“The flood investigation process is new and we are still finding our feet, but it should be much swifter in the future.”

5 comments

  • Jolly poor show EDP, what what. I thought you had understood that you are only meant to publish nice feel-good stories about Breckland Council, but it seems I was wrong. Shame on you. I want to read about more publicity-seeking grant handouts and free car park back-slapping. Reading this article gave me the impression that they are a load of mean and heartless baskets who don’t give a damn about the plight of this unfortunate couple. Am I wrong on that too? But I suppose this should come as no surprise. The councillors will be otherwise engaged for the next few weeks chasing around for votes in a desperate race to keep control of NCC, and the public must understand that has to take precedence over everything else. Their first loyalty is to their party after all, as a great man once almost said. I wonder if the officers involved are running scared of being found liable for having inadequately assessed the potential impact of the new estate, which they doubtless nodded through without raising an eyebrow and without the usual rigorous investigation that Breckland planners have become so famous for not doing. Yes, that’s probably why there’s a delay, they need time to concoct a suitable story to cover-up any maladministration.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • where there's blame there's a claim................. 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Oh no, I've dont it again, taking a swipe at Breckland Council. Best you keep my other comment under wraps.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Do you intend to allow any comments?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Sorry Luv, but Breckland has got its priorities right; chasing votes with its big grants giveaway as featured in the EDP right now. Much more important than your quality of life.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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