Flood victims’ anger at council bigwigs

Southend Standard: Flood victims’ anger at council bigwigs Flood victims’ anger at council bigwigs

ANGRY residents still dealing with the aftermath of floods in the summer want to know why Rochford District Council failed to spend £10,000 clearing blocked ditches and drains which led to the flooding.

A report reveals how Rochford District Council budgeted £10,000 to clear the ditches and drains in this financial year, but didn’t spend a penny of it and has now removed the fund altogether.

Many residents in Rayleigh, Hockley and Rochford suffered flood damage, with some made homeless, after heavy rain hit in August.

Hawkwell independent councillors John and Christine Mason joined residents at the beginning of December to help clear debris from a brook that runs through fields in the town and have questioned why the money wasn’t used, even to buy residents sandbags.

Mr Mason said: “We’re confused.

You would think if money is available it could have been used before and during the event. The budget was clearly there.

“A council officer could have picked up the phone and got a supply of sandbags out to people.”

Graham Phillips and his family have been living in rented accommodation since their house in Fairmead, Rayleigh, was flooded.

Mr Phillips said: “We and other neighbours who were affected have had a separate report done, and it’s said that the extreme flooding was down to the blocked drains and sewers.”

At the time of the flooding, council leader Terry Cutmore stunned residents during a TV interview when he said it wasn’t down to the council to provide flood protection.

He said it was up to the householder to supply sandbags to provide their own protection adding even if the council had the budget to issue them, they wouldn’t have been able to get them out quickly enough due to how quickly the rain fell.

Mr Cutmore said: “The budget for sewers and ditch clearance was specifically set aside for those on Rochford District Council land that we have responsibility for.”

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7:14am Thu 2 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.
Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council. Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

8:46am Thu 2 Jan 14

Democrat says...

Yermotherwouldn'tlik
eme
wrote:
Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.
May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums.
[quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.[/p][/quote]May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums. Democrat

8:59am Thu 2 Jan 14

Old Southendian says...

Democrat wrote:
Yermotherwouldn'tlik

eme
wrote:
Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.
May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums.
Thought it was down to Essex County Council Highways department. In my experience they are slow to respond.
[quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.[/p][/quote]May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums.[/p][/quote]Thought it was down to Essex County Council Highways department. In my experience they are slow to respond. Old Southendian

9:15am Thu 2 Jan 14

Democrat says...

Old Southendian wrote:
Democrat wrote:
Yermotherwouldn'tlik


eme
wrote:
Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.
May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums.
Thought it was down to Essex County Council Highways department. In my experience they are slow to respond.
So why are our elected representatives not kicking the Environment Agency and Essex County Council to get on with it? Or is there no need for a District Council since they claim everyone but them is responsible?
[quote][p][bold]Old Southendian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.[/p][/quote]May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums.[/p][/quote]Thought it was down to Essex County Council Highways department. In my experience they are slow to respond.[/p][/quote]So why are our elected representatives not kicking the Environment Agency and Essex County Council to get on with it? Or is there no need for a District Council since they claim everyone but them is responsible? Democrat

9:15am Thu 2 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

Democrat wrote:
Yermotherwouldn'tlik

eme
wrote:
Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.
May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums.
Whoever from whatever party you vote for, will not change who is responsible, for this problem.
[quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.[/p][/quote]May be it is, maybe it isn't, but we elect councillors and pay Council Tax for our area to be looked after by local people who know the local problems and issues. Never mind, local elections in May, perhaps that will light a fuse under a few bums.[/p][/quote]Whoever from whatever party you vote for, will not change who is responsible, for this problem. Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

3:59pm Thu 2 Jan 14

John T Pharro says...

Yermotherwouldn'tlik
eme
wrote:
Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.
Wrong it is the County Council and/or Local Council. The Environment Agency are responsible for the river and flood defences.
[quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.[/p][/quote]Wrong it is the County Council and/or Local Council. The Environment Agency are responsible for the river and flood defences. John T Pharro

4:08pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Democrat says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Yermotherwouldn'tlik

eme
wrote:
Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.
Wrong it is the County Council and/or Local Council. The Environment Agency are responsible for the river and flood defences.
Whoever is to blame, their day of reckoning may be at hand if they don't get the drains and storm drains cleared overnight and tomorrow.

http://www.echonews.
co.uk/news/10907651.
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er_south_Essex_for_a
_month/?ref=mry
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: Its down to the environment agency to maintain storm drains, not the council.[/p][/quote]Wrong it is the County Council and/or Local Council. The Environment Agency are responsible for the river and flood defences.[/p][/quote]Whoever is to blame, their day of reckoning may be at hand if they don't get the drains and storm drains cleared overnight and tomorrow. http://www.echonews. co.uk/news/10907651. Wild_weather_to_batt er_south_Essex_for_a _month/?ref=mry Democrat

2:11am Fri 3 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

How many free lunches has Cutmore ponced at County Hall... this and other "expenses" could be the reason why these people are loathe to give good value for money. We might get in the way of their own self serving hypocrite operations.

So they're not responsible for sandbagging flood prone areas and Rodney Bass says they are not responsible for policing the roads with regard to loose traveller horses and the potential increase in violent crimes when the lights go off.

So what exactly are these morons responsible for?
How many free lunches has Cutmore ponced at County Hall... this and other "expenses" could be the reason why these people are loathe to give good value for money. We might get in the way of their own self serving hypocrite operations. So they're not responsible for sandbagging flood prone areas and Rodney Bass says they are not responsible for policing the roads with regard to loose traveller horses and the potential increase in violent crimes when the lights go off. So what exactly are these morons responsible for? Kim Gandy

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