Brighton and Hove City Council denies allegations it could have prevented flash floods

Water is pumped from a property in Wilbury Road, Hove, after Monday morning's storm. Picture: Tony Wood (TW180714C1)

Water is pumped from a property in Wilbury Road, Hove, after Monday morning's storm. Picture: Tony Wood (TW180714C1)

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BLOCKED drains have been blamed for devastating flash flooding – but council bosses say it could not have been avoided in the extreme weather.

Scores of residents battled to save their properties on Monday when three weeks of rain fell in only one hour – causing unprecedented flooding, transport chaos and wrecked homes.

Landlords, residents and councillors blamed the flooding on poorly maintained council drains, claiming they failed to handle the seemingly endless torrent of rainwater.

Chris Cordell, 51, of Lincoln Road, Portslade, said his family home has flooded twice in a week because “nothing has been done” about drains outside his property.

He said: “My family has to put up with it on a regular basis each time we get a heavy downpour. Both my house and garden suffer torrents of flooding because the drain gullies outside our house are insufficient to take the water away.

“We need bigger gullies and more pipes going into the storm drain. I keep telling those concerned but they don’t appear to want to listen. I despair at the amount of council tax and water rates I pay only to receive a third-rate service.”

Green council leader Jason Kitcat received a barrage of complaints from disgruntled residents on Monday night after he tweeted that Brighton and Hove was “vulnerable to surface water flooding”.

Jean Brooks, from Brighton, replied: “Maybe if the council spent money cleaning drains as they did years ago we would not have all these floods.

“The council go round cutting grass and leave it to fall in the drains. No wonder it’s flooded.”

Another user responded that a quarter of the city’s drained were blocked.

A landlord in Wilbury Road, Hove, had two of his properties destroyed by flooding this week after a drain became blocked, forcing a ”tidal wave” of water to surge into a young woman’s front room.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, estimated the damage could cost more than £80,000.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, Brighton and Hove Labour Group’s environmental spokeswoman, said: “It is true that the city is particularly susceptible to surface water flooding, especially in weather conditions like those we saw earlier this week. However, we in the Labour Groupwarned the Green administration earlier this year over the state of the drains, urging them to take action where residents were reporting issues. The Green council now needs to urgently assess what action it needs to take to prevent a repeat of the scenes we saw earlier this week.”

However, Brighton and Hove City Council said Monday’s flooding was an “exceptional weather event” and the drains were “not designed to handle such volumes of water”. In some cases, it added, the drains were blocked by ice from hail stones.

The authority said servicing of gullies across the city was carried out by a private contractor and were cleaned either on a 12-month or 18-month schedule, based on how quickly they filled up using data from the previous five years. There are more than 20,000 gullies in the city.

Penny Thompson, chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “Following the disruption caused by yesterday’s storm, we sought to provide good information and identify vulnerable residents to ensure access to relevant services.

“The flooding and lightning damage was very localised and severe. Initial reports show more than 40mm of rain fell in just two hours. This is approximately the monthly average amount of rainfall for all of July.

“Council staff and managers responded calmly and efficiently to this unforeseen weather event. Our emergency arrangements in the council worked well in enabling us to sustain services.

“However, we are reviewing how we managed to learn lessons for the future. We are working to help residents living in the flood affected to clear up after the storm.”

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8:24am Wed 30 Jul 14

westpiergone says...

Pity it didn`t wash Kitty crap away !!
Pity it didn`t wash Kitty crap away !! westpiergone
  • Score: 37

9:23am Wed 30 Jul 14

Morpheus says...

Not the old learning lessons again. When has any council told us what they have learned and what they have done about it? At least we have heard from the Chief Exec. Is this the second time since she was appointed? She must be the worst we have had.
Not the old learning lessons again. When has any council told us what they have learned and what they have done about it? At least we have heard from the Chief Exec. Is this the second time since she was appointed? She must be the worst we have had. Morpheus
  • Score: 27

10:30am Wed 30 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

Don't blame it on the boogie either.
Don't blame it on the boogie either. sussexram40
  • Score: 12

10:35am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bugzy84 says...

The city has an infrastructure over 150 years old in some places, it simply was not designed for such sudden extreme weather.
After years of telling us about climate change you'd think they'd have done something now it happening.
The city has an infrastructure over 150 years old in some places, it simply was not designed for such sudden extreme weather. After years of telling us about climate change you'd think they'd have done something now it happening. Bugzy84
  • Score: 27

10:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

Fercri Sakes says...

Bugzy84 wrote:
The city has an infrastructure over 150 years old in some places, it simply was not designed for such sudden extreme weather.
After years of telling us about climate change you'd think they'd have done something now it happening.
Don't be silly it was all Jason Kitcat's fault. He has been running round the drains blocking them with concrete purely out of spite of the residents. It's true, I read it in these comments.

This deluge and damage would not have happened under a Tory council.
[quote][p][bold]Bugzy84[/bold] wrote: The city has an infrastructure over 150 years old in some places, it simply was not designed for such sudden extreme weather. After years of telling us about climate change you'd think they'd have done something now it happening.[/p][/quote]Don't be silly it was all Jason Kitcat's fault. He has been running round the drains blocking them with concrete purely out of spite of the residents. It's true, I read it in these comments. This deluge and damage would not have happened under a Tory council. Fercri Sakes
  • Score: 4

11:02am Wed 30 Jul 14

Joshiman says...

When were the drains last cleaned?Probably not in the lifetime of this Green council.Priorities,p
riorities.
When were the drains last cleaned?Probably not in the lifetime of this Green council.Priorities,p riorities. Joshiman
  • Score: 27

11:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

Brighton and Hove City Council said the drains were “not designed to handle such volumes of water”........

......... Yep. I think that's exactly the point the residents are making!
Brighton and Hove City Council said the drains were “not designed to handle such volumes of water”........ ......... Yep. I think that's exactly the point the residents are making! Quiterie
  • Score: 20

11:35am Wed 30 Jul 14

Fairfax Aches says...

not designed to handle water what nonsense brighton is beside the seaside
not designed to handle water what nonsense brighton is beside the seaside Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 6

11:45am Wed 30 Jul 14

brightonline says...

Whilst the rain may have biblical for a while, it is not true to say that the drains are not blocked! They are! Nearly all the gullies from the Sainsbury's in Preston Village to Withdean are blocked northbound, two drains in my road are blocked and many other in the town have grass growing out of them! I have reported the drains by my house many times and they are still blocked, one for over 7 years now! There used to be a dedicated team on this and when they were around, I do not remember the problems we seem to have now.
Whilst the rain may have biblical for a while, it is not true to say that the drains are not blocked! They are! Nearly all the gullies from the Sainsbury's in Preston Village to Withdean are blocked northbound, two drains in my road are blocked and many other in the town have grass growing out of them! I have reported the drains by my house many times and they are still blocked, one for over 7 years now! There used to be a dedicated team on this and when they were around, I do not remember the problems we seem to have now. brightonline
  • Score: 26

12:11pm Wed 30 Jul 14

deve says...

Check all the drains on the Pavement on south/west side of North Street. Every drain is blocked and vegetation growing in many of them. The pavement becomes an absolute torrent every time it rains. It has been like this for a coupel of years. I think the only clear drain is at junction of Ship street and North Street, but drain cannot cope and overflows.
Check all the drains on the Pavement on south/west side of North Street. Every drain is blocked and vegetation growing in many of them. The pavement becomes an absolute torrent every time it rains. It has been like this for a coupel of years. I think the only clear drain is at junction of Ship street and North Street, but drain cannot cope and overflows. deve
  • Score: 21

12:12pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mrs Newcastle says...

In roman times when Portslade was known as Copperas Gap it was suggested that there was stream in this area that provided fresh water for a settlement ,if you having problems with flooding it could be the resurfacing of this underground stream?
In roman times when Portslade was known as Copperas Gap it was suggested that there was stream in this area that provided fresh water for a settlement ,if you having problems with flooding it could be the resurfacing of this underground stream? Mrs Newcastle
  • Score: -5

12:50pm Wed 30 Jul 14

msbrighton says...

Years ago "gully suckers" were a regular feature and would clear out the drains several times a year. I have not seen one in years in Brighton. It is obvious, that in busy cities, dains need to be cleaned out regularly. Most of the drains I pass are blocked up.

It would not be surprising if Insurance companies sought to relaim their losses from the local authority. The negligence of the inept who run this city would therefore cost us taxpayers dearly. Hopefully they could be personally surcharged for their wilful neglect
Years ago "gully suckers" were a regular feature and would clear out the drains several times a year. I have not seen one in years in Brighton. It is obvious, that in busy cities, dains need to be cleaned out regularly. Most of the drains I pass are blocked up. It would not be surprising if Insurance companies sought to relaim their losses from the local authority. The negligence of the inept who run this city would therefore cost us taxpayers dearly. Hopefully they could be personally surcharged for their wilful neglect msbrighton
  • Score: 7

12:56pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

How did these people survive last winter- the wettest on record- without much more serious flooding, then? Surely these problems would have been highlighted then and could have been dealt with.
How did these people survive last winter- the wettest on record- without much more serious flooding, then? Surely these problems would have been highlighted then and could have been dealt with. Goldenwight
  • Score: 6

1:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

FatherTed11 says...

They better hurry up and build the i360 so we can all take refuge up there!
They better hurry up and build the i360 so we can all take refuge up there! FatherTed11
  • Score: 8

1:50pm Wed 30 Jul 14

cynic_the says...

Goldenwight wrote:
How did these people survive last winter- the wettest on record- without much more serious flooding, then? Surely these problems would have been highlighted then and could have been dealt with.
Isn't it obvious?
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: How did these people survive last winter- the wettest on record- without much more serious flooding, then? Surely these problems would have been highlighted then and could have been dealt with.[/p][/quote]Isn't it obvious? cynic_the
  • Score: -5

2:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

daveww says...

i blame people concreteing over thier drives and gardens
i blame people concreteing over thier drives and gardens daveww
  • Score: 2

3:28pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

Surely it's southern water at fault blame them, you pay them to maintain the drainage system, not the council, surely this should be them fixing this? We pay water rates to fic this and also supply water.
Surely it's southern water at fault blame them, you pay them to maintain the drainage system, not the council, surely this should be them fixing this? We pay water rates to fic this and also supply water. Hoarder12345444
  • Score: 5

6:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ohhumanity says...

As a former employee of southern water, I can easily say they are PARTIALLY to blame in this. The drains aren't well maintained, we can all agree on that.

But a lot of drain blockages and 'orrible smells you get from these drains are caused by people flushing oils, cooking fats, babywipes, and many other things down the toilet and the sink which do not belong down there. Not to mention the amount of stuff that gets dropped into road gullies because people can't be bothered to find a bin.

The drainpipes may be the water companies responsibility, but if you keep throwing crap down the drain that's going to cause blockages, they'll raise theor prices to cover the cost of the damages caused by us.

If you want less flooding and lower bills, dispose of your crap in the correct way. If people actually bothered to tale responsibility for their actions the world would be a much better place.
As a former employee of southern water, I can easily say they are PARTIALLY to blame in this. The drains aren't well maintained, we can all agree on that. But a lot of drain blockages and 'orrible smells you get from these drains are caused by people flushing oils, cooking fats, babywipes, and many other things down the toilet and the sink which do not belong down there. Not to mention the amount of stuff that gets dropped into road gullies because people can't be bothered to find a bin. The drainpipes may be the water companies responsibility, but if you keep throwing crap down the drain that's going to cause blockages, they'll raise theor prices to cover the cost of the damages caused by us. If you want less flooding and lower bills, dispose of your crap in the correct way. If people actually bothered to tale responsibility for their actions the world would be a much better place. ohhumanity
  • Score: 23

6:07pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ohhumanity says...

And I apologise for the huge paragraph and typos. I'm having to use my mobile internet as BT still haven't sorted it out in portslade after the storms.
And I apologise for the huge paragraph and typos. I'm having to use my mobile internet as BT still haven't sorted it out in portslade after the storms. ohhumanity
  • Score: 3

6:23pm Wed 30 Jul 14

paul76 says...

Ok Mr Kitkat, or can we call you Jay? The piece of road between Adelaide Crescent and Holland Road on the seafront in Hove floods everytime it rains, and has done for as long as I can remember driving along there. Whilst not a problem created by the Greens, it has not been investigated and remedied by the Greens either ie clearing the drain if there is one there, or putting a drain in to take away the rain water.
Ok Mr Kitkat, or can we call you Jay? The piece of road between Adelaide Crescent and Holland Road on the seafront in Hove floods everytime it rains, and has done for as long as I can remember driving along there. Whilst not a problem created by the Greens, it has not been investigated and remedied by the Greens either ie clearing the drain if there is one there, or putting a drain in to take away the rain water. paul76
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Wed 30 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

Well I’d like to personally say to the B&HCC that they are talking out of there bottoms yet again because sins Southern Water took over the responsibility of cleaning our DRAINS! How many workmen have you see out flushing the drains like they used to be dun just walk down your street with a long stick and see how far you can get it in the DRAIN? Hears a good example all the road leading out on to Coldean Lane parasitically the ones at the bottom DRAINS full of silt to the brim so where dose all the rain water go ha out onto the Lewes road and into Woburn Place and WHEN it rains down her it looks like a “F” pond with rapids and let not forget the traffic trying to beat the red lights if they where to slam on there brakes it would be like serving the waves and instead of spending money on cycle paths spend some on the drains like they did many years ago and may I add we have heavy down pours back then and we did not have the problems we have now SO Jason Kitkat get your head out of your BUM and do what your paid to do instead of giving use your poor excuses!!
Well I’d like to personally say to the B&HCC that they are talking out of there bottoms yet again because sins Southern Water took over the responsibility of cleaning our DRAINS! How many workmen have you see out flushing the drains like they used to be dun just walk down your street with a long stick and see how far you can get it in the DRAIN? Hears a good example all the road leading out on to Coldean Lane parasitically the ones at the bottom DRAINS full of silt to the brim so where dose all the rain water go ha out onto the Lewes road and into Woburn Place and WHEN it rains down her it looks like a “F” pond with rapids and let not forget the traffic trying to beat the red lights if they where to slam on there brakes it would be like serving the waves and instead of spending money on cycle paths spend some on the drains like they did many years ago and may I add we have heavy down pours back then and we did not have the problems we have now SO Jason Kitkat get your head out of your BUM and do what your paid to do instead of giving use your poor excuses!! wippasnapper
  • Score: 2

8:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

What's happened to the huge tunnel bored under Brighton seafront to store storm water on these occasions was supposed to be big enough to drive a bus through I believe it went from Black Rock to Hove somewhere near King Alfred and the water would be released when the sea was calm.
What's happened to the huge tunnel bored under Brighton seafront to store storm water on these occasions was supposed to be big enough to drive a bus through I believe it went from Black Rock to Hove somewhere near King Alfred and the water would be released when the sea was calm. PETE OF QUEENS PARK
  • Score: 4

8:38pm Wed 30 Jul 14

JasonShitCat says...

We are evaluating a plan to close all roads the next time it rains. This should prevent any flooding by diverting all water down the cycle lanes.
We are evaluating a plan to close all roads the next time it rains. This should prevent any flooding by diverting all water down the cycle lanes. JasonShitCat
  • Score: 3

9:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dave At Home says...

There is a drain/gully on the Eastern side of Valley Road in Portslade Old Village, with the junction of the High Street that has the connecting pipe full of silt and sand and every time I complain about it I am told it is always cleaned when the machine comes along. Yet I stand there and look at it and can see it is blocked but people in the council sit in their office and tell me it is clear. How can they know differently from their desk to what I am actually looking at? And as for the new storm tanks installed in the village a few years ago to prevent future flooding.... just as well some of the residents know how to open the covers and let he water escape to save more flooding.
I am really sick and tired of being told I am wrong and hey are right but still they won't meet me or take my word for it, the drains are blocked and if they were clear the water would go away, very simple.
There is a drain/gully on the Eastern side of Valley Road in Portslade Old Village, with the junction of the High Street that has the connecting pipe full of silt and sand and every time I complain about it I am told it is always cleaned when the machine comes along. Yet I stand there and look at it and can see it is blocked but people in the council sit in their office and tell me it is clear. How can they know differently from their desk to what I am actually looking at? And as for the new storm tanks installed in the village a few years ago to prevent future flooding.... just as well some of the residents know how to open the covers and let he water escape to save more flooding. I am really sick and tired of being told I am wrong and hey are right but still they won't meet me or take my word for it, the drains are blocked and if they were clear the water would go away, very simple. Dave At Home
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ourcoalition says...

Most of you are just plain bonkers - this was an exceptional weather event. In places like Italy, where this kind of storm happens fairly often in Summer, they have massive drains and run-offs. But even there in the last few weeks, they have been unable to cope, with flooding in Bologna, Florence, etc.

Some things just are - you can't prepare for them, although ironically, as the Greens point out, global warning will lead to more of this, and what is our Government doing - approving fracking, which will increase CO2 emissions.

Not a Green voter by the way
Most of you are just plain bonkers - this was an exceptional weather event. In places like Italy, where this kind of storm happens fairly often in Summer, they have massive drains and run-offs. But even there in the last few weeks, they have been unable to cope, with flooding in Bologna, Florence, etc. Some things just are - you can't prepare for them, although ironically, as the Greens point out, global warning will lead to more of this, and what is our Government doing - approving fracking, which will increase CO2 emissions. Not a Green voter by the way ourcoalition
  • Score: -4

10:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

ourcoalition wrote:
Most of you are just plain bonkers - this was an exceptional weather event. In places like Italy, where this kind of storm happens fairly often in Summer, they have massive drains and run-offs. But even there in the last few weeks, they have been unable to cope, with flooding in Bologna, Florence, etc.

Some things just are - you can't prepare for them, although ironically, as the Greens point out, global warning will lead to more of this, and what is our Government doing - approving fracking, which will increase CO2 emissions.

Not a Green voter by the way
I can assure you I’m far from being bonkers yes it was exceptional weather so not all the fort of the wee old drains but if you care to take a wee walk around looking into every drain you come across especially those in the places where it flooded you will find some if not all verily well blocked duo to the fact most have not been cleaned in god knows how many years secondly in certain places in and around B&H there are storm drains put there pacifically for that peruse but again I know of some that have not been clean for some years so the pips that take the water cant handle the exceptional water when it comes.
[quote][p][bold]ourcoalition[/bold] wrote: Most of you are just plain bonkers - this was an exceptional weather event. In places like Italy, where this kind of storm happens fairly often in Summer, they have massive drains and run-offs. But even there in the last few weeks, they have been unable to cope, with flooding in Bologna, Florence, etc. Some things just are - you can't prepare for them, although ironically, as the Greens point out, global warning will lead to more of this, and what is our Government doing - approving fracking, which will increase CO2 emissions. Not a Green voter by the way[/p][/quote]I can assure you I’m far from being bonkers yes it was exceptional weather so not all the fort of the wee old drains but if you care to take a wee walk around looking into every drain you come across especially those in the places where it flooded you will find some if not all verily well blocked duo to the fact most have not been cleaned in god knows how many years secondly in certain places in and around B&H there are storm drains put there pacifically for that peruse but again I know of some that have not been clean for some years so the pips that take the water cant handle the exceptional water when it comes. wippasnapper
  • Score: 0

3:48am Thu 31 Jul 14

losdude says...

ohhumanity wrote:
As a former employee of southern water, I can easily say they are PARTIALLY to blame in this. The drains aren't well maintained, we can all agree on that.

But a lot of drain blockages and 'orrible smells you get from these drains are caused by people flushing oils, cooking fats, babywipes, and many other things down the toilet and the sink which do not belong down there. Not to mention the amount of stuff that gets dropped into road gullies because people can't be bothered to find a bin.

The drainpipes may be the water companies responsibility, but if you keep throwing crap down the drain that's going to cause blockages, they'll raise theor prices to cover the cost of the damages caused by us.

If you want less flooding and lower bills, dispose of your crap in the correct way. If people actually bothered to tale responsibility for their actions the world would be a much better place.
thank god someone is speaking a bit of sense here!
The drains are blocked due to YOUR c**p people!
Stop looking for someone to blame and start looking to yourselves to help solve the problem!
[quote][p][bold]ohhumanity[/bold] wrote: As a former employee of southern water, I can easily say they are PARTIALLY to blame in this. The drains aren't well maintained, we can all agree on that. But a lot of drain blockages and 'orrible smells you get from these drains are caused by people flushing oils, cooking fats, babywipes, and many other things down the toilet and the sink which do not belong down there. Not to mention the amount of stuff that gets dropped into road gullies because people can't be bothered to find a bin. The drainpipes may be the water companies responsibility, but if you keep throwing crap down the drain that's going to cause blockages, they'll raise theor prices to cover the cost of the damages caused by us. If you want less flooding and lower bills, dispose of your crap in the correct way. If people actually bothered to tale responsibility for their actions the world would be a much better place.[/p][/quote]thank god someone is speaking a bit of sense here! The drains are blocked due to YOUR c**p people! Stop looking for someone to blame and start looking to yourselves to help solve the problem! losdude
  • Score: 3

8:45am Thu 31 Jul 14

ThinkBrighton says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Don't blame it on the boogie either.
very good
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Don't blame it on the boogie either.[/p][/quote]very good ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

ohhumanity wrote:
As a former employee of southern water, I can easily say they are PARTIALLY to blame in this. The drains aren't well maintained, we can all agree on that.

But a lot of drain blockages and 'orrible smells you get from these drains are caused by people flushing oils, cooking fats, babywipes, and many other things down the toilet and the sink which do not belong down there. Not to mention the amount of stuff that gets dropped into road gullies because people can't be bothered to find a bin.

The drainpipes may be the water companies responsibility, but if you keep throwing crap down the drain that's going to cause blockages, they'll raise theor prices to cover the cost of the damages caused by us.

If you want less flooding and lower bills, dispose of your crap in the correct way. If people actually bothered to tale responsibility for their actions the world would be a much better place.
Begging your pardon but this has been a problem for many years as to people putting things down the drains that they should not but in the past we didn’t have the problems of water coming back out of the drains or not even going down them duo to the fact that they are full of grit et and one reason for this is duo to the “Town” becoming a “City” and the old by-law that used to prevent people parking there dam cars on the grass verges i.e. they are no longer grass just muddy embankments and when it rains the mud and grit go’s down the drains and with all this you would have thought the council would have by now re-instated the by-law but for some reason like so many problems we have hear in B&H the council dote want to do anything about it because it gives them good reason to put up our council tax bill ever year I.E. B&H has been neglected and uncared for by the people we pay to run it and as far as Southern Water go’s well there just as bad they like to take our money but not resolve the problems and if they do they put your bill up to cover the cost… I was born and bred hear and I have to say for the first time in my life I’m thinking of leaving because the council no longer care about our CITY.
[quote][p][bold]ohhumanity[/bold] wrote: As a former employee of southern water, I can easily say they are PARTIALLY to blame in this. The drains aren't well maintained, we can all agree on that. But a lot of drain blockages and 'orrible smells you get from these drains are caused by people flushing oils, cooking fats, babywipes, and many other things down the toilet and the sink which do not belong down there. Not to mention the amount of stuff that gets dropped into road gullies because people can't be bothered to find a bin. The drainpipes may be the water companies responsibility, but if you keep throwing crap down the drain that's going to cause blockages, they'll raise theor prices to cover the cost of the damages caused by us. If you want less flooding and lower bills, dispose of your crap in the correct way. If people actually bothered to tale responsibility for their actions the world would be a much better place.[/p][/quote]Begging your pardon but this has been a problem for many years as to people putting things down the drains that they should not but in the past we didn’t have the problems of water coming back out of the drains or not even going down them duo to the fact that they are full of grit et and one reason for this is duo to the “Town” becoming a “City” and the old by-law that used to prevent people parking there dam cars on the grass verges i.e. they are no longer grass just muddy embankments and when it rains the mud and grit go’s down the drains and with all this you would have thought the council would have by now re-instated the by-law but for some reason like so many problems we have hear in B&H the council dote want to do anything about it because it gives them good reason to put up our council tax bill ever year I.E. B&H has been neglected and uncared for by the people we pay to run it and as far as Southern Water go’s well there just as bad they like to take our money but not resolve the problems and if they do they put your bill up to cover the cost… I was born and bred hear and I have to say for the first time in my life I’m thinking of leaving because the council no longer care about our CITY. wippasnapper
  • Score: 0

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