Councillors question whether March can cope with existing development never mind further homes that are planned

11:22 11 August 2014

Birchwood Avenue, March, flooding

Birchwood Avenue, March, flooding

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Parts of March hit by the weekend floods need major work done to prevent a re-occurrence, a councillor warned today.

Butt Close,, March, floodingButt Close,, March, flooding

Councillor Jan French, chairman of the Fenland District Council overview and scrutiny committee, said both Birchwood and Brewin Avenue, March, were among those in need of attention.

“Both need major work done to the surface water drainage system” she said. “Birchwood is totally blocked.”

Another councillor, Peter Tunley, warned that the events of the last few days in March “should be a wake up call for those who advocate development of March in the manner proposed in the Core Strategy”.

He said he had re read the document at the weekend which noted that one of its objectives was to bring growth.

Birchwood Avenue, March, floodingBirchwood Avenue, March, flooding

But he said the strategy laid out that it would be “sustainable growth; growth that is not for its own sake, but that brings benefits for all sectors of the community - existing residents as much as for new ones.”

Cllr Tunley said: “ I would suggest that the events over the last few days has demonstrated that the drainage system in March is suspect, and questions must be asked that before any major development is considered, is it fit for purpose?

“Councils owe this to existing residents before advocating any future major development.”

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  • I would like FDC to investigate why planning permission has been granted for so many properties in the Gold St. Area. 15 years ago, there were 9 properties. Now, there are at least 22, with another 2 currently under construction. Each application has had objections raised by local residents for this very reason, but permission has been granted anyway. There is no surface water drainage on the road itself, and there are a series of small ditches, which are in a very poor state of repair, and even one that has been taken away completely by recent construction, leaving surface water nowhere to run to. Add to this the fact that the new properties are built at a much higher level than the existing properties, it was inevitable that an incident of this scale would happen. There have been previous surface water flooding problems over the last 10 years (although not as serious) with gardens being flooded, which has appeared to have gotten worse with each new property that has been built. Enough is enough! This town cannot go on expanding at the current rate, as the ancient drainage is no longer able to cope with the existing situation, let alone hundreds of more properties being built. It is a case of severe under investment, and skimping on work to ensure that the shareholders get a nice fat dividend at the end of the financial year. Not happy!

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    Jay Hill

    Monday, August 11, 2014

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