PEOPLE affected by flooding are demanding action to sort out drainage problems at a controversial housing site in Emsworth.
The plea comes after a culvert at Hampshire Farm in the town was reported to be blocked during Monday’s heavy rain.
People watched helplessly as water came pouring off the site, which is eight acres of farmland between Emsworth and Westbourne that is being turned into a 280-home estate. With the prospect of more heavy rain this weekend, residents are calling for immediate action.
They say they met developers a month ago, pressing for the blocked culvert to be cleared.
And Havant Borough Council reported that the culvert was blocked and was causing problems on Monday.
Chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association Lorraine Clode said: ‘At the very first meeting, the problem of the blocked channel was raised. They committed to do something about it.
‘The residents have been on to them consistently since then and still not enough action has been taken.
‘There were some very significant flood mitigation measures that had to be complied with before construction was started.’
Residents want drainage channels installed, as well as a balancing pond which would take on excess water.
Resident Julie Brombley said: ‘One of our main concerns has been realised with water pouring out of the site across the road and on to residents’ properties.’
The site is being jointly developed by Bellway Homes and Bloor Homes.
Julian Kenyon, corporate affairs manager at Bellway Homes, who spoke to the site manager, said: ‘They assured me they have not touched the culvert. The site has drained normally today. To my mind, that would suggest it is clear.
‘The flooding is down to the unprecedented amount of rainfall.’
He said extra drainage would be incorporated in phases, adding that work had only just starting on building the road infrastructure.