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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Repairs to pipe after flooding hits Haverigg estate

AN estate’s decades-old flooding problem has come to a head after a burst water pipe threatened to damage foundations.

Heavy rain has persistently flooded parts of the Bank Head estate, in Haverigg, due to what the residents say is a poor drainage system.

The pipework that carries the entire estate’s surface water to the pump house sprang a leak two months ago, meaning gallons of water has been seeping underneath the pavements, only metres away from house foundations, and flooding the surrounding area.

Repair work has now started on the burst pipe, which has seen a 10ft trench dug in one homeowner’s front garden.

But Abb Chambers, chairman of the Bank Head Residents’ Association, says it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the estate’s ageing pipework begins to fail.

He said: “For the past couple of months the entire estate’s surface water has been going through the fractured pipe.

“The water should then go in to the pump house at the end of the road. But it’s been coming up through the surface.

“Every time North Lane or anywhere else floods, the water seems to drain away very slowly.”

HMP Haverigg operates as the management for the estate and agreed a deal with the residents’ association to fix the burst pipe.

Mr Chambers said: “I phoned the prison in January after it came to our attention that there was a problem.

“The water was coming up through the pavement and collecting, meaning you had to walk on the road to get round it.

“The more it rained, the more water would spread out below the surface. Given where the pipe had burst, if the water had reached any foundations, you’d have to wonder if it would have started to crack.”

The Bank Head residents have to foot the bill for any maintenance to the estate.

But Mr Chambers has called for support from the local authorities.

He said: “Where is the council when the estate requires repairs? HMP Haverigg did their bit, but we would appreciate more help from the council.’’

Cumbria County Council said the responsibility for repairing the pipework would fall to its owners – the Bank Head estate residents.

A spokeswoman said: “If it’s a privately owned pipe, there’s nothing we can do as a council as it wouldn’t be appropriate to use public funds to fix the damage from this. It would be down to residents themselves who own it.”

Have your say

Residents of a private estate surely cannot expect the counties ratepayers to bail them out when they have any problems, its like asking the countries taxpayers to bailout these private banks when they get into trouble it would never happen (would it ).

Posted by William Wooleyback on 28 February 2013 at 09:27

Residents of a private estate surely cannot expect the counties ratepayers to bail them out when they have any problems, its like asking the countries taxpayers to bailout these private banks when they get into trouble it would never happen (would it ).

Posted by William Wooleyback on 28 February 2013 at 09:26

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