Darwen residents call for action over blocked culvert causing flooding in homes

First published in News

RESIDENTS in Darwen are calling for action over a blocked culvert which is causing homes to flood on a regular basis.

The culvert behind Birch Hall Avenue, close to the junction with Ribble Avenue, is covered in leaves, branches and pieces of timber.

Residents living in the houses closest to it have suffered during heavy rain, when the culvert overflows, causing water to flood their homes.

Glenn Evans, 35, said he had been told by the Environment Agency that as it was a ‘secondary waterway’ it was the council’s job to clear the culvert.

He said: “Several neighbours have been flooded two or three times.

“But for years and years, different organisations have just passed the buck.

“I have recently spoken to the Environment Agency who told me it is a secondary waterway and so the council should maintain it.

“For years I have been on to them but they have done nothing.”

Mr Evans said a couple who had lived there for years were moving away because of the problem.

He said: “One elderly couple are actually moving away because they just keep getting flooded.

“The council just doesn’t seem to care.

“It is covered in branches, logs and litter.

“There is an argument that the culvert is simply not big enough now that all the houses have been built, but the council should still clear it.”

Earcroft councillor Trevor Maxfield said: “There has always been a problem with flooding on that part of Birch Hall, near Hyndburn Drive, as it was built in the wrong area.

“I used to live on Ribble Avenue and we had water under our floorboards on a regular basis.

“We just have to deal with it in the best way we can.”

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11:23pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Darrens Delivery Service says...

Mr Maxfield, Please explain what you mean with your comment..

"We have to deal with it in the best way we can"

You are a councillor for earcdoft ward... Get it sorted...

Not difficult!
Mr Maxfield, Please explain what you mean with your comment.. "We have to deal with it in the best way we can" You are a councillor for earcdoft ward... Get it sorted... Not difficult! Darrens Delivery Service
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12:09am Sun 11 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Insurance anyone. :-)

OH it's good to livE on a hill
Insurance anyone. :-) OH it's good to livE on a hill 2 for 5p
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1:41pm Sun 11 Nov 12

eastlancslad says...

You really are spiteful aren't you 2for5p.
You really are spiteful aren't you 2for5p. eastlancslad
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3:52pm Sun 11 Nov 12

stillgame says...

It's probably a statutory duty for whoever is responsible. If so, the locals should get a lawyer involved. Compensation claims tend to quickly focus the attention.
It's probably a statutory duty for whoever is responsible. If so, the locals should get a lawyer involved. Compensation claims tend to quickly focus the attention. stillgame
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4:50pm Sun 11 Nov 12

s_smith says...

Well, if the culvert runs under these peoples properties, they have riparian ownership of the culvert and it is the landowners responsibility to keep the culverts clear - NOT the EA, and NOT BwDBC.
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I would suggest that those people being affected by flooding, instead of running to the paper, or the council, pull their finger out and start tackling the landowner(s) of the culvert.
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It is bad enough that the local authority is having to pick up the tab for clearing out the River Darwen culvert on the A666; again, it is those who own the culvert top to ensure that the watercourse underneath is clear and unobstructed.
Well, if the culvert runs under these peoples properties, they have riparian ownership of the culvert and it is the landowners responsibility to keep the culverts clear - NOT the EA, and NOT BwDBC. . I would suggest that those people being affected by flooding, instead of running to the paper, or the council, pull their finger out and start tackling the landowner(s) of the culvert. . It is bad enough that the local authority is having to pick up the tab for clearing out the River Darwen culvert on the A666; again, it is those who own the culvert top to ensure that the watercourse underneath is clear and unobstructed. s_smith
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5:04pm Sun 11 Nov 12

useyourhead says...

sounds just the job for the community payback team to me.
sounds just the job for the community payback team to me. useyourhead
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6:42pm Sun 11 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

eastlancslad wrote:
You really are spiteful aren't you 2for5p.
That's not spite it's stating a fact that's all
[quote][p][bold]eastlancslad[/bold] wrote: You really are spiteful aren't you 2for5p.[/p][/quote]That's not spite it's stating a fact that's all 2 for 5p
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12:11am Mon 12 Nov 12

GlennEvans says...

s_smith wrote:
Well, if the culvert runs under these peoples properties, they have riparian ownership of the culvert and it is the landowners responsibility to keep the culverts clear - NOT the EA, and NOT BwDBC.
.
I would suggest that those people being affected by flooding, instead of running to the paper, or the council, pull their finger out and start tackling the landowner(s) of the culvert.
.
It is bad enough that the local authority is having to pick up the tab for clearing out the River Darwen culvert on the A666; again, it is those who own the culvert top to ensure that the watercourse underneath is clear and unobstructed.
This article refers to a problem with the culvert itself, it is a secondary waterway to which the local authority is responsible.

Did you not read the article ??

Tax payers like myself have every right to 'run off to the council' and after 8 years of ignoring the problem, i think we are quite right to 'run to the papers' as your pleasant self has put it :-)
[quote][p][bold]s_smith[/bold] wrote: Well, if the culvert runs under these peoples properties, they have riparian ownership of the culvert and it is the landowners responsibility to keep the culverts clear - NOT the EA, and NOT BwDBC. . I would suggest that those people being affected by flooding, instead of running to the paper, or the council, pull their finger out and start tackling the landowner(s) of the culvert. . It is bad enough that the local authority is having to pick up the tab for clearing out the River Darwen culvert on the A666; again, it is those who own the culvert top to ensure that the watercourse underneath is clear and unobstructed.[/p][/quote]This article refers to a problem with the culvert itself, it is a secondary waterway to which the local authority is responsible. Did you not read the article ?? Tax payers like myself have every right to 'run off to the council' and after 8 years of ignoring the problem, i think we are quite right to 'run to the papers' as your pleasant self has put it :-) GlennEvans
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12:13am Mon 12 Nov 12

GlennEvans says...

I see Mr Maxfield has not replied yet to the first post, please Mr Maxfield just what did you mean by " the best way can " ?
I see Mr Maxfield has not replied yet to the first post, please Mr Maxfield just what did you mean by " the best way can " ? GlennEvans
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12:29am Tue 13 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

GlennEvans wrote:
I see Mr Maxfield has not replied yet to the first post, please Mr Maxfield just what did you mean by " the best way can " ?
Have you spoken directly to Coun Maxfield GlennEvans ? His telephone number is widely publicised as is his e-mail.
Surely he cannot be expected to reply via the LT Comment page ?
I've always found him to be very helpful.
[quote][p][bold]GlennEvans[/bold] wrote: I see Mr Maxfield has not replied yet to the first post, please Mr Maxfield just what did you mean by " the best way can " ?[/p][/quote]Have you spoken directly to Coun Maxfield GlennEvans ? His telephone number is widely publicised as is his e-mail. Surely he cannot be expected to reply via the LT Comment page ? I've always found him to be very helpful. english rose 1
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11:09am Tue 13 Nov 12

bril67 says...

the culvert blocks up with silt and leaves and is aided in blocking up by bad design and positioning of the grids .the land where the culvert is belongs to the council who in the past have done work on it but it seems in todays climate they are tring to avoid any further expense by claiming its someone's else's problem
the culvert blocks up with silt and leaves and is aided in blocking up by bad design and positioning of the grids .the land where the culvert is belongs to the council who in the past have done work on it but it seems in todays climate they are tring to avoid any further expense by claiming its someone's else's problem bril67
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11:15am Tue 13 Nov 12

bril67 says...

furthermore s smith perhaps if you had seen the damage to the people's flat that was flooded and the amount of property they lost and the fact it was months before they could move back in maybe you would not be so quick to condem them for reporting an issue to the council that concerns something that has occurred owing to something to do with their land, and when the response was unsatisfactory why should they not go to the press .
furthermore s smith perhaps if you had seen the damage to the people's flat that was flooded and the amount of property they lost and the fact it was months before they could move back in maybe you would not be so quick to condem them for reporting an issue to the council that concerns something that has occurred owing to something to do with their land, and when the response was unsatisfactory why should they not go to the press . bril67
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