Probe into why green in Fakenham keeps flooding

Sadie Boyce, 80, next to the grassed area which floods in Lancaster Avenue. Picture: Chris Bishop

Sadie Boyce, 80, next to the grassed area which floods in Lancaster Avenue. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Housing chiefs are investigating why a green in front of a group of bungalows suffers flooding problems.

Parts of the grassed area, in front of a group of properties off Lancaster Avenue, in Fakenham, have become a muddy swamp.

Widow Sadie Boyce, 80, who lives in one of the houses, said: 'It's like a pit, there's water everywhere. We had all this trouble last year but it's worth this year.

'When it rains you'd think you've got a river running down the paths. Children are getting their feet wet going to school.'

Cars have to cross the grass to reach neighbouring properties. But while some have drives, others have to park their vehicles on the grass, which has churned up the surface during the recent wet weather.

Mrs Boyce said part of a nearby path leading towards Queen's Road had also not been swept since the autumn. Fallen leaves have since made the surface wet and slippery underfoot.

A spokesman for North Walsham-based Victory Housing, which owns Mrs Boyce's rented property, said the flooding problem had not been reported to it until it was contacted by the Times earlier this week.

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He added: 'Now that you have told us, Victory will send out a surveyor to take a look, and to work out whether Victory is responsible for that part of the drainage system, in which case they will fix the problem, or whether it falls under the responsibility of Anglian Water, in which case Victory will report the problem to them.

'Problems like this can be reported to Victory 24/7 on 0800 371 860, via email at repairs@victoryhousing.co.uk, via an online repairs reporting form on the Victory website www.victoryhousing.co.uk, or at Victory's offices in North Walsham during office hours.'