The wait goes on for council to clear blockage

A Clare shopkeeper has complained that a drain in the town centre has been blocked for nearly six months.

David Salter, who runs F D Salter Antiques on Market Hill, said a drain in the road became blocked in September after Suffolk County Council built a raised platform to help wheelchair users board buses, with the debris swept into the drain.

He claimed the blockage has caused the road to flood every time it rained heavily and had damaged the road surface as a result.

Mr Salter said: “It is breaking the road up and you can’t stand at the bus stop when the road floods.

“You can’t walk past my shop front on that corner when there is a car coming or you get soaked through from the puddle.”

He said he had contacted the county council several times in the five months since the drain was blocked but it had still not been cleared.

“Council workers have been out and marked it, I’ve spoken to them three or four times but nothing has been done,” said Mr Salter, who opened the shop with his wife Pauline in 1981.

“They said they can’t do it until April, when the new budget comes in.

“It is absolutely disgusting. The road just floods and I get gravel and mud right up to our front door.”

Mr Salter wrote to Clare Town Council last week to express his concerns.

Peter Phillips, chairman of the town council’s highways working party, said: “There seems to be an awful lot of work outstanding in Clare.

“We have got potholes, surfaces and lining work on roads and speed limits coming through the town that need looking at.”

Mr Phillips explained that, while the town council had no power to make decisions on highways issues, it would be making recommendations to the county council.

“If parishioners come to us, we pass on their complaints to the county council and attach a special plea,” he said.

Mr Phillips said that Mr Salter’s complaint had been forwarded on, and invited anyone else with concerns to attend Clare Town Council meeting at the Old School Community Centre tonight from 7pm.