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

Birchwood Avenue, March, flooding

Birchwood Avenue, March, flooding - Credit: Archant

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

Butt Close,, March, flooding

Butt Close,, March, flooding - Credit: Archant

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, flooding

Birchwood Avenue, March, flooding - Credit: Archant


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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?

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

Birchwood Avenue, March, flooding

Birchwood Avenue, March, flooding - Credit: Archant

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