‘Little hope’ for residents after ‘no further action’ call on constant flooding

Naverne Meadows residents; Gabby Ridgway, Alistair Edgar, Sally Harris, Marie Lilley, Hannah Gavin,

Naverne Meadows residents; Gabby Ridgway, Alistair Edgar, Sally Harris, Marie Lilley, Hannah Gavin, Pete Whelan, Anna Carr, Alan Tooke, Fiona Greig and Nick and Elizabeth Murphy gather to meet with Caroline Page, Suffolk County Councillor to voice their concerns over drainage problems in their street. Picture: RUTH LEACH

Neighbours have been told flooding in their Woodbridge cul-de-sac is neither hazardous nor dangerous, despite fears it could create a sinkhole outside their homes.

Naverne Meadows residents; Gabby Ridgway, Alistair Edgar, Sally Harris, Marie Lilley, Hannah Gavin,

Naverne Meadows residents; Gabby Ridgway, Alistair Edgar, Sally Harris, Marie Lilley, Hannah Gavin, Pete Whelan, Anna Carr, Alan Tooke, Fiona Greig and Nick and Elizabeth Murphy gather to meet with Caroline Page, Suffolk County Councillor to voice their concerns over drainage problems in their street. Picture: RUTH LEACH

Residents of Naverne Meadows think persistent flooding spawned a breeding ground for germs, and have appealed for authorities to install a new drainage system.

Despite acknowledging the road may look unsightly, Suffolk County Council said no further action was planned, leaving householders “little hope of clearing up the mess”.

In February, Pete Whelan told this newspaper the problem had grown worse in his 30 years as a resident – and had become particularly bad in the last three or four years.

He said the council’s efforts to patch up the road – and its offer of a grit bin during winter months – were only temporary solutions to a problem that required full investigation into directing water away from the road.

Naverne Meadows residents; Gabby Ridgway, Alistair Edgar, Sally Harris, Marie Lilley, Hannah Gavin,

Naverne Meadows residents; Gabby Ridgway, Alistair Edgar, Sally Harris, Marie Lilley, Hannah Gavin, Pete Whelan, Anna Carr, Alan Tooke, Fiona Greig and Nick and Elizabeth Murphy gather to meet with Caroline Page, Suffolk County Councillor to voice their concerns over drainage problems in their street. Picture: RUTH LEACH

Anglian Water tests ruled out sewage and drinking water, leading residents to suspect the drains could no longer cope with a combination of over-development, underground springs, low-lying geography and proximity to a nearby brook.

County councillor Caroline Page supported the neighbours’ cause, but feared that while Naverne Meadows was classified a residential close, it would never be a priority for spending.

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The council had listed Naverne Meadows on a forward programme of drainage improvements, but said it would keep the priority of work under review.

Now, said a spokesman, no further action was required, but the surface condition would be monitored during routine carriageway safety inspections.

The spokesman added: “The issue in Naverne Meadows is due to constant flows of natural spring water.

“While we agree the condition of the road may look unsightly, it is not considered to be dangerous or hazardous and the drainage system is fit for purpose.”

One Naverne Meadows resident said: “It seems that we have little hope of clearing up the mess at this time.

“It really is extremely unpleasant to live near such unsightly and unhealthy sludge.

“Visitors complain about turning on the potholes and cannot believe that nothing is done to clear it up.”

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