Horning tourism business owner calls for action to stop flooding

Peter Reeve, general manager of leisure boat hire firm Ferry Marina on Ferry Road, Horning. He is fr

Peter Reeve, general manager of leisure boat hire firm Ferry Marina on Ferry Road, Horning. He is frustrated over lack of action to fix flooding on Ferry Road. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE - Credit: SOPHIE WYLLIE

A tourism boss is frustrated over the lack of action to fix a reoccurring flooding problem preventing crucial access to Norfolk Broads visitor attractions.

Flooding along Ferry Road in Horning. Picture: PETER REEVE

Flooding along Ferry Road in Horning. Picture: PETER REEVE - Credit: PETER REEVE

Peter Reeve, general manager of Ferry Marina, Horning, said Ferry Road, which leads to his and other boating businesses, plus holiday lets and the Ferry Inn pub, flooded about eight times last year.

He added the low-lying road has historically flooded about twice a year from the nearby River Bure and surrounding surface water.

But the businessman claims the problem has increased after Anglian Water put in a new sewerage system early last year.

That claim is disputed by Anglian Water.

Mr Reeve, who is happy to put in £25,000 to sort out the problem, said: 'All of the waters combine to create a perfect storm.

'People from the agencies come down here, take pictures and then leave. It is incredibly frustrating.

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'You cannot get through the water when it floods so we have to close.'

He added it can take just two hours for the flood water to rise more than a metre.

An Anglian Water spokesman said: 'We do appreciate how disruptive flooding can be.

'Over the past couple of years we've invested hundreds of thousands of pounds to re-line long lengths of sewers and seal a number of manhole chambers to try and stop surface water getting into the system, but we accept this has had limited impact.

'We're now carrying out further surveys to see what more we can do to reduce the risk of flooding.'

Other agencies involved in sorting out the flooding issue include North Norfolk District Council and the Environment Agency.

Paul Rice, who represents Horning on the district council, said: 'Horning has suffered big time as a result of flooding. It needs to be resolved.'

He added the Norfolk Broads needed protecting because it brought in tourism which was an important 'economy driver' for the area.

An Environment Agency spokesman said the organisation was committed to minimising flooding.

WATER TABLE ISSUES

One of the main problems of Ferry Road is its position below the River Bure's high tide level, causing a high natural water table.

An Anglian Water spokesman said: 'During heavy rainfall, especially if it coincides with high tide, it means water from the surrounding Broads can quickly wash into our sewers, causing them to flood.'

They added the company was 'effectively battling with the natural state of the surrounding wetland'.

Angie Fitch-Tillett, cabinet member for environmental services on North Norfolk District Council, said: 'The agencies involved have been working together to try to establish why this flooding is taking place and what could be the solution.

'It appears surface water is getting into the sewer and overloading the system.

'We need to now look at how that is happening and how the agencies and property owners can work together.'

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