Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Rushmere St Andrew: Conflicting messages continue in decade-long drainage dispute

13:24 13 August 2014

Dan Poulter MP talking to residents from Rushmere St Andrew after they complained about flooding in the area.

Dan Poulter MP talking to residents from Rushmere St Andrew after they complained about flooding in the area.

Conflicting messages have been issued by the two organisations involved in a decade-long drainage dispute, which has left residents in east Suffolk living in fear of the rain.

People living in The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, have called for Anglian Water and Suffolk County Council to resolve the problem they claim has damaged property and flooded their gardens with sewage.

MP for North Ipswich and Central Suiffolk Dan Poulter has backed the residents’ demands, urging both authorities to carry out a study of the drainage network and develop a long-term solution to the problem.

He said the situation was “unacceptable, intolerable” and called for a joint public meeting to be held next month so that residents could hear the solutions being agreed.

Part of the problem, residents said, was that neither side would admit full responsibility – something which remains evident in the authorities’ latest comments made after the MP’s intervention. Anglian Water said the problem was caused by the surface water – which is the council’s responsibility – whereas its sewers “are running normally with no obstructions”.

In conflict with this statement, Suffolk County Council’s chairman, Christopher Hudson, who is also the ward member for Rushmere, said the responsibility rested with Anglian Water.

He insists water authorities are legally obliged to resolve drainage issues and said he would be pressing for action to be taken. “Anglian Water are trying to pin this on highways and I’m not having it,” he said. “They have a statutory obligation to carry this out – it’s a question of the law.”

A spokesman for the council said previously that the authority had been working with partners to resolve the issue for some time and was “committed to continue to do so”.

“We welcome any initiatives to help with this process and would participate in any joint meeting,” the spokesman added.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

University students were evacuated from their accommodation block in Ipswich tonight after a fire broke out.

A veteran dance duo are hanging up their competing shoes and turning their attention to teaching.

Delivering millions of presents around the world in one night won’t seem quite as hard this year for Santa after he completed a gruelling obstacle course in Ipswich.

Thirteen out of 23 people pictured on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds near the time of RAF airman Corrie McKeague’s disappearance have now been identified, according to the 23-year-old’s family.

People in need in Felixstowe are queuing for up to 45 minutes to buy a carrier bag of food for £1.

Visitors to Needham Market on Sunday saw both a fayre and festival underway to celebrate Christmas.

A luxury sports car crashed through a central reservation and caught fire in a single-vehicle crash in west Suffolk in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A BMW driver was taken to hospital after a crash near Stowmarket on Saturday night.

The RSPCA are appealing for animal lovers to come forward and adopt some of the cute creatures they are looking to rehome.

Eagle-eyed shoppers have spent the day looking for the ideal gift at a Christmas market at a church in Felixstowe.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24