Not enough is being done over flooding in Shoebury park

Southend Standard: Not enough is being done over flooding in Shoebury park Not enough is being done over flooding in Shoebury park

CLAIMS have been made that not enough is being done to stop Gunners Park, in Shoebury, flooding.

Some drainage ditches on the site were de-silted by Southend Council as part of maintenance work in December and areas of vegetation were cleared to help prevent flooding of low-lying areas.

However, Ray Bailey, of Parkanaur Avenue, Thorpe Bay, says the job has not been finished.

He said: “They have done quite a lot, but there is still more work that needs to be done.

“Only a portion of the ditches have been cleared and those are completely full of water and have been for some weeks.

“There are also large areas of the site permanently covered by surface water. If we have torrential rain, there’s nowhere for it to go – there’s no room for any more water.”

Southend Council is the lead local flood authority for the site, but some of the ditches there are the responsibility of Country and Metropolitan, which developed the Garrison Estate.

A spokesman from Southend Council said: “The council has completed clearance of all the watercourses that are its responsibility, especially those important for draining the Shoebury catchment.

“The Barge Pier ditch is owned by Country and Metropolitan.”

A spokeswoman from Country and Metropolitan Homes said: “The Shoebury Garrison site has been designed with a sustainable urban drainage system.

“The system is coping satisfactorily during this period of exceptional weather.”

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1:10pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

hardly the somerset levels is it.....
hardly the somerset levels is it..... pembury53

1:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Tom from Southend says...

Its a park
Its a park Tom from Southend

1:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

pembury53 wrote:
hardly the somerset levels is it.....
agree......some have nothing better to complain about, Mr Bailey should watch BBC or Sky news more often.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: hardly the somerset levels is it.....[/p][/quote]agree......some have nothing better to complain about, Mr Bailey should watch BBC or Sky news more often. DogsMessInLeigh

1:39pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

If you get a chance Mr B see this link...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-26071149
If you get a chance Mr B see this link... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-26071149 DogsMessInLeigh

1:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

supermadmax says...

Its this guy form real ? There are people not to far away who have lost their properties, livelihoods and in some cases lives, the army and navy have been called in to assist with this natural disaster. What an idiot.
Its this guy form real ? There are people not to far away who have lost their properties, livelihoods and in some cases lives, the army and navy have been called in to assist with this natural disaster. What an idiot. supermadmax

2:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

A large area covered in water. There's another one - it's called the River Thames.

What a wally.
A large area covered in water. There's another one - it's called the River Thames. What a wally. RochfordRob

2:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

robb789 says...

supermadmax wrote:
Its this guy form real ? There are people not to far away who have lost their properties, livelihoods and in some cases lives, the army and navy have been called in to assist with this natural disaster. What an idiot.
Well apparently since this flooding disaster first came to light, Mr Bailey has not been able to complete his normal stroll around this park. I guess this deviation in his route has caused an untold amount of stress and anxiety and should be acted upon with the up most urgency - get Cameron out of Somerset and down here fast!!!
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Its this guy form real ? There are people not to far away who have lost their properties, livelihoods and in some cases lives, the army and navy have been called in to assist with this natural disaster. What an idiot.[/p][/quote]Well apparently since this flooding disaster first came to light, Mr Bailey has not been able to complete his normal stroll around this park. I guess this deviation in his route has caused an untold amount of stress and anxiety and should be acted upon with the up most urgency - get Cameron out of Somerset and down here fast!!! robb789

2:05pm Mon 10 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I just seen on the news that Somalia and the Philippines are sending in emergency aide to help tackle Mr B's flooding Problem.
I just seen on the news that Somalia and the Philippines are sending in emergency aide to help tackle Mr B's flooding Problem. DogsMessInLeigh

4:22pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's flooding everywhere mate. Blame the weather.
It's flooding everywhere mate. Blame the weather. Howard Cháse

5:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Barry Bas says...

He doesn't want the new sea wall to defend against flooding and now he is saying that not enough is being done about the flooding. Ok it may be different types of flooding but he really needs to make his mind up about what he wants.
He doesn't want the new sea wall to defend against flooding and now he is saying that not enough is being done about the flooding. Ok it may be different types of flooding but he really needs to make his mind up about what he wants. Barry Bas

5:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

The__Truth says...

I can't believe the Council haven't done more to stop all this rain falling. They are just letting it happen. Maybe the idiot oops Mr Bailey should start a petition to take it up with the EU or United Nations to get the rain to stop. Or he could campaign to get the Council to build a temporary cover over the whole town until spring. Senile old goat.
I can't believe the Council haven't done more to stop all this rain falling. They are just letting it happen. Maybe the idiot oops Mr Bailey should start a petition to take it up with the EU or United Nations to get the rain to stop. Or he could campaign to get the Council to build a temporary cover over the whole town until spring. Senile old goat. The__Truth

6:43pm Mon 10 Feb 14

sosad 1 says...

the usual Thorpe bay type stupid
the usual Thorpe bay type stupid sosad 1

6:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Steve H says...

What does he want Southend Council to do, stop it raining?
What does he want Southend Council to do, stop it raining? Steve H

7:45pm Mon 10 Feb 14

abd123 says...

This site is draining built up areas and it is holding up despite the unrelenting rain it is doing quite well. Of all the things ito complain of this has got to be the last one.
This site is draining built up areas and it is holding up despite the unrelenting rain it is doing quite well. Of all the things ito complain of this has got to be the last one. abd123

8:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Duckorange says...

If only there was some kind of wall to prevent flooding. Does Mr Bailey know of such a scheme by any chance?
If only there was some kind of wall to prevent flooding. Does Mr Bailey know of such a scheme by any chance? Duckorange

9:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Needs an upgarde from Wellies to Waders, can anyone sponsor Mr Bailey?
Needs an upgarde from Wellies to Waders, can anyone sponsor Mr Bailey? SARFENDMAN

9:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Martinss says...

Gunners park is a flood plain, it has always flooded. So wheres the news in this one?
Gunners park is a flood plain, it has always flooded. So wheres the news in this one? Martinss

10:03am Tue 11 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

further up stream the Thames is creating havoc, hope Mr B don't feel too glum about a few puddles in the park now.
further up stream the Thames is creating havoc, hope Mr B don't feel too glum about a few puddles in the park now. DogsMessInLeigh

11:29am Tue 11 Feb 14

Nelly99 says...

I feel desperately sorry for those people we see on the news every night, it is everyone's nightmare to lose your home. But dredging the rivers in Somerset wouldn't have helped because of the volume of water and the Thames barrier only diverts water somewhere else. We have got off light in this part of Essex which begs the question, "Do we need additional flood defences in Shoebury at all". If we are not flooded now with all this excessive rain, we ain't gonna be.
I feel desperately sorry for those people we see on the news every night, it is everyone's nightmare to lose your home. But dredging the rivers in Somerset wouldn't have helped because of the volume of water and the Thames barrier only diverts water somewhere else. We have got off light in this part of Essex which begs the question, "Do we need additional flood defences in Shoebury at all". If we are not flooded now with all this excessive rain, we ain't gonna be. Nelly99

4:05pm Tue 11 Feb 14

CouldntThinkOfOne says...

I just like the way hes gone to a flood plain and complained that its flooding.
I just like the way hes gone to a flood plain and complained that its flooding. CouldntThinkOfOne

6:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Criminal & Proud says...

Typical old bag. Nothing better to moan about apart from a bit of water. Get a grip you idiot.
Typical old bag. Nothing better to moan about apart from a bit of water. Get a grip you idiot. Criminal & Proud

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