Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Homeowner blaims council for blocked drains and broken gullies that are causing rainwater to flood into the cellar of his property

17:00 06 March 2014

John Preston, 63, owns the house in Northgate Street in which his daughter, Rachel Preston, 27, lives with a lodger. They have criticised Suffolk County Council for failing to fix a two drain gullies which threatens to flood the house during heavy downpours.

John Preston, 63, owns the house in Northgate Street in which his daughter, Rachel Preston, 27, lives with a lodger. They have criticised Suffolk County Council for failing to fix a two drain gullies which threatens to flood the house during heavy downpours.

Archant

Blocked drains and broken gullies are causing a house to flood according to a Bury St Edmunds businessman, who has pinned the blame on Suffolk County Council.

shares
John Preston, 63, owns the house in Northgate Street in which his daughter, Rachel Preston, 27, lives with a lodger. They have criticised Suffolk County Council for failing to fix a two drain gullies which threatens to flood the house during heavy downpours. John Preston, 63, owns the house in Northgate Street in which his daughter, Rachel Preston, 27, lives with a lodger. They have criticised Suffolk County Council for failing to fix a two drain gullies which threatens to flood the house during heavy downpours.

John Preston’s daughter Rachel lives with a lodger at the affected house in Northgate Street, Bury.

Mr Preston described the gullies outside the house as “inadequate and broken”, meaning rainwater would often run into the house’s cellar from the road.

A spokeswoman from Suffolk County Council said the situation had been resolved with the installation of two linked gullies to drain water away from the front of the house. But Mr Preston said he has been forced to shell out more than £1,000 on a pavement cover to stop the water flooding in, and said the council had failed in their duty.

He added: “As far as I am concerned they are legally responsible for carrying out any work.

“My daughter is the one living there and suffering the problems. If I went to court it would cost me £100,000 and I still might not get satisfied.”

Mr Preston also said a private firm had quoted him £1,420 to carry out repair work to the gullies.

A council spokeswoman said the problem had been prepared to meet the council’s policy of addressing “accumulations of water on carriageways, footways and cycleways in the interests of road safety”.

She added: “All drainage systems are capable of being overloaded during intense rainfall.

“There may have been a high flow in the road at times due to the adverse weather.”

The spokeswoman also said the council was not aware of the broken drain cover, but would now fix it.

shares

0 comments

The scene of the collision on the A1088 at Honington.

Dr Ronak Patel, aged 33 of Ixworth, died following a collision between a lorry and the Volkswagen Golf he was driving this morning.

An 82-year-old woman who died after a collision in Little Wigborough near Colchester last month has been named as Jean Wilcox.

An 82-year-old woman who died after a collision in Little Wigborough near Colchester last month has been named as Jean Wilcox.

The scene after a raid at the Costcutter supermarket in Woolpit.

Crooks used a stolen JCB Digger to smash into a supermarket and steal a cash machine thought to have contained thousands of pounds in a ram raid in Suffolk.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A Mothercare shop worker had admitted stealing childcare and maternity items worth nearly £12,500 and selling a stolen pushchair to a police officer.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A dishonest driver has admitted filling up with petrol on 14 occasions at garages across Suffolk and Essex but failing to pay for his fuel.

Ipswich Crown Court

A robber who broke into an Ipswich flat before threatening the occupant with a kitchen knife has been jailed.

Hare coursing (stock photo)

Four men and a teenage boy arrested in connection with hare coursing in Suffolk have been charged, police have said.

Wayne Leech and Mark Ripper with soap star Gemma Atkinson at the Slimming World Man of the Year awards

Two Suffolk men have shed a total of more than 21st in little over a year – and been named among the country’s top male slimmers for 2015.

Rural crime has been falling in Suffolk and across East Anglia.

New figures show a significant fall in the level of rural crime across the region – but there are significant differences between Suffolk and Essex.

Labour leadership candidate, Caroline Flint, visits Roundwood Bowls Club in Ipswich.

Two of the candidates hoping to become Labour’s next deputy leader visited Ipswich at the weekend – and another is due in town tomorrow.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages