Horncastle residents could be left counting costs of flooding

Brian Burbidge with Fiona Martin at Thomas Gibson Drive open space where the drain runs EMN-150119-143052001

Brian Burbidge with Fiona Martin at Thomas Gibson Drive open space where the drain runs EMN-150119-143052001

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Residents living close to a new housing development in Horncastle will have to foot the ball for ensuring the area’s drainage system works.

East Lindsey District Council has given the go-ahead for 129 new homes to be built on a site off Mareham Road.

Brian Burbidge with Fiona Martin at Thomas Gibson Drive open space where the drain runs EMN-150119-143052001

Brian Burbidge with Fiona Martin at Thomas Gibson Drive open space where the drain runs EMN-150119-143052001

Planners have agreed with developers who claim they are ‘only’ responsible for draining the actual site.

That means neighbouring land and property owners will be legally responsible for ensuring water from the site passes through the existing drainage system - before it reaches Thunkers Drain.

The system relies on a ditch which, it is claimed, is not defined clearly and is blocked in places.

If the area floods - and the ditch is found to have been responsible - land and property owners could be held to account.

That matter was discussed at a meeting of Horncastle Town Council last week.

It emerged the Town Council owns a sizeable section of land adjoining the ditch.

The council has taken legal advice and is set to hold a meeting with residents.

The planning application for the homes attracted strong opposition with town councillors and residents raising a number of concerns, including flooding.

However, ELDC withdrew its objection before a public inquiry started last week, saying it had been assured the site would drain properly.

Town councillor Angela Birchall accused ELDC of “backing off”.

Several councillors questioned why ELDC had not been better represented at the inquiry when developers had turned “mob handed”.