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Long Melford councillors frustrated as blocked drain causes road flood

Frustrated residents look over the flooded lane at Meeting Field in Long Melford, caused by a long-standing blocked drain issue. Picture supplied by John Nunn. (4083065)
Frustrated residents look over the flooded lane at Meeting Field in Long Melford, caused by a long-standing blocked drain issue. Picture supplied by John Nunn. (4083065)

Long Melford councillors have declared ‘enough is enough’, after a road was flooded, due to a drainage issue that has reportedly affected the area for a decade.

A large amount of water recently spilled across the width of the lane of Meeting Field, after blocked drains overflowed following a pipe leak.

Anglian Water crews were in attendance to deal with the leak and clear the water from the road, which leads towards Long Melford Cricket Club.

Town and district councillor John Nunn told the Free Press the drains in question have caused problems for residents for at least 10 years, stating this latest flood was another example of the drainage being simply unable to cope with a leak.

He claimed Suffolk County Council had been urged to address the matter on numerous occasions over the years, but to no avail.

“I have lost count of the times we have tried in vain to get this looked at,” said Mr Nunn. “Essentially, the problem lies with tree roots blocking the drains in that area of the road.

“During the winter months, the slightest downpour results in the entire east end of Meeting Field becoming virtually impassable.

“As this has been happening for several years, residents’ driveways and block paving are sinking, resulting in large repair bills for residents.

“This is totally unacceptable. I call upon Suffolk County Council to put away the book of excuses and resolve this issue.

“Surely, it is the time to bring in a root grinder or something similar to deal with this very frequent and annoying problem to the residents of Meeting Field.”

County councillor Richard Kemp confirmed he would be taking up the issue directly with Mary Evans, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport.

Meeting Field resident Graham Bianchi said: “It seems like the residents of Meeting Field have our very own water feature.

“The drains have been blocked since I moved here in 2011.

“When they carried out the gas main replacement recently, you could see the root structure was going to cause an issue at some point.”

In response to the calls for the drainage issue to be fixed, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Highways confirmed they are currently looking into the matter.

“We are aware of flooding reports from Meeting Field,” she said.

“Through our investigations, an issue was discovered within a part of the system beneath privately owned land – we are inquiring about this.

“In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the location and ensure the system is kept as clear and functional as possible.”


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