Flood Problem in New Houses Lane
|Author: Cllr Nigel Jones||Published: 13th April 2018 09:08|
Cheshire West and Chester Councillor for Little Neston and Burton, Nigel Jones, writes to AboutMyArea to pass on information about a flood problem in New Houses Lane, Neston.
Over the last three months I have been contacted by a number of Neston residents about the flood in New Houses Lane. This is the public right of way that links Little Neston and Ness, which as many residents will know is very popular with dog walkers and ramblers from Neston and further afield, and also locals looking for a quick shortcut between the two areas.
Sadly, during this time there has been a significant pool of water under the railway bridge which has rendered the path completely impassable.
Since the matter was reported to me in January, I have been in regular contact with Council officers who in turn have been liaising with Network Rail and Welsh Water, in an effort to have the flood waters removed and the cause of the flooding identified and resolved.
Whilst these investigations continued, frustratingly in the meantime, the flood continued to block the path, swelling each time we had rainfall. Worryingly I have also received numerous reports of pedestrians crossing the railway lines in order to continue on their way; reports which I passed on to Network Rail via the local and British Transport Police and the Council.
More recently, and due to the seeming inability to get a quick resolution to the problem, I have been submitting a daily update with photographs on the status of the flood to senior Council officers and directors. I am therefore pleased to advise that on 11 April (being day 100 of the flood's existence) the council at my continued and further requests, stepped in and drained the flood to enable investigations as to the cause to be undertaken. In so doing I am assured that the Council will continue to work with its partners at Network Rail and Welsh Water to seek a permanent resolution to this problem.
In the meantime the right of way has now been temporarily closed by the Council until such time as the problem is resolved. However, I would now repeat the advice I offered in the public information leaflet I distributed to local residents about this matter in February, highlighting the dangers and inadvisability (and illegality) of crossing a busy railway line. Whilst I'm sure this doesn't apply to those living locally, you will forgive me offering this guidance because, quite simply, the safety of all residents is of paramount importance to me.
I am cautiously optimistic that we are now moving towards a full and permanent solution to the flooding but I shall continue to monitor the site daily and keep up the pressure on the various agencies to ensure a lasting resolution for our community.
If any resident would like to discuss this matter with me further, please contact me either by email - Nigel.email@example.com or mobile - 07742 270298.
Cllr Nigel Jones
Councillor for Little Neston and Burton Ward (Conservative)
Cheshire West and Chester Council