"This isn't the first time this has happened": Anger at Basildon Council over drains problem

Southend Standard: Cranes Farm Road: Jo Jones' home backs on to fields off the road (file picture) Cranes Farm Road: Jo Jones' home backs on to fields off the road (file picture)

AN angry resident called on the council to sort out drainage issues after her back garden was submerged.

Jo Jones’ home, in Matching Green, Basildon, backs on to fields off Cranes Farm Road.

But the land flooded in the downpour and 2ft of water seeped into her back garden.

She said: “This isn’t the first time it has happened and every time it is an expense for me because the council hasn’t bothered to put any drainage in the field.

“There’s about 2ft of water outside and my garden is ruined.’’ She added: “The water is getting close to my house and my worry is if it begins to rain again, it’ll come into the house.

“I’ve phoned the council but all it said was my insurers will pay out.”

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4:08pm Tue 21 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Approach the owner of the field, they have a duty of care.
Basically councils dont care.
Approach the owner of the field, they have a duty of care. Basically councils dont care. jolllyboy
  • Score: 8

4:50pm Tue 21 Jan 14

emcee says...

It really annoys me when organisations and companies use insurance companies as their get out clause for claims for losses. Even when insurance companies do pay out, the following years' premiums normally sky rocket (as insurers cannot/will not chase costs from the offending party), meaning the householder is still out of pocket.
More housholders should sue those responsible through the "small claims" court for any costs incurred, including any hikes in insurance premiums which were due to payouts. Maybe, then, these companies and organisations may start to take their responsibilities a little more seriously.
It really annoys me when organisations and companies use insurance companies as their get out clause for claims for losses. Even when insurance companies do pay out, the following years' premiums normally sky rocket (as insurers cannot/will not chase costs from the offending party), meaning the householder is still out of pocket. More housholders should sue those responsible through the "small claims" court for any costs incurred, including any hikes in insurance premiums which were due to payouts. Maybe, then, these companies and organisations may start to take their responsibilities a little more seriously. emcee
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Blooming Council making it rain like that. Shouldn't be allowed...
Blooming Council making it rain like that. Shouldn't be allowed... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Tue 21 Jan 14

cheekycherry says...

Where's the picture of her garden
Where's the picture of her garden cheekycherry
  • Score: -2

5:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

abd123 says...

Many fields in Essex are saturated and the water table level is high. Drains are designed to take run off from roads and hard surfaces. It would not be suitable to drain fields into the surface water drains. The Council do not have any liabilty here, it is a natural occurence.
Many fields in Essex are saturated and the water table level is high. Drains are designed to take run off from roads and hard surfaces. It would not be suitable to drain fields into the surface water drains. The Council do not have any liabilty here, it is a natural occurence. abd123
  • Score: 2

5:33pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Barry Bas says...

cheekycherry wrote:
Where's the picture of her garden
I want to know where that picture is too. I would expect a picture of her in her wellies standing in the middle of the water with an angry look on her face while pointing at said water. I only hope the Echo send a photographer to correct this oversight forthwith.

Also the picture they have used to illustrate the story is incorrect as that part of Cranes Farm Road is nowhere near the problem area.
[quote][p][bold]cheekycherry[/bold] wrote: Where's the picture of her garden[/p][/quote]I want to know where that picture is too. I would expect a picture of her in her wellies standing in the middle of the water with an angry look on her face while pointing at said water. I only hope the Echo send a photographer to correct this oversight forthwith. Also the picture they have used to illustrate the story is incorrect as that part of Cranes Farm Road is nowhere near the problem area. Barry Bas
  • Score: 2

6:40pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Makebelieve says...

The stock photo does highlight how terrible the road surface is at the Pipps Hill Jctn. Council should sort that out instead!
The stock photo does highlight how terrible the road surface is at the Pipps Hill Jctn. Council should sort that out instead! Makebelieve
  • Score: 2

8:11pm Tue 21 Jan 14

whataday says...

Maybe they should stop developers building unless they include plans for adequate drainage which also protects other people's property While the country is being covered in concrete there's less places for water to drain away
Maybe they should stop developers building unless they include plans for adequate drainage which also protects other people's property While the country is being covered in concrete there's less places for water to drain away whataday
  • Score: 10

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