FLOODING in Horncastle was one of the main topics of conversation at Horncastle Town Council last week.
Following the widespread flooding in the town Mayor Fiona Martin offered the council’s condolences to all residents whose homes had been affected.
After Andrew Neal blamed the town’s flooding issues on “100 years of bad planning” during public participation Coun Martin said the council would be foolish to back any further development before drainage problems were adressed.
She said: “There are places in town that have been flooded that have never been flooded before and this reiterates that new housing estates and water run off are points we need to consider for the future.
“We would be illadvised to allow any large single development in Horncastle without assurances that something will be done to update the Victorian drainage system we have in Horncastle.”
Coun Martin said the council were trying to put together a comprehensive map of areas that had flooded so they can see what work can be done to try and stop future flooding.
However she admitted there was not one simple answer to the town’s drainage problems.
Coun Martin added: “A very big thank you to everybody that helped. The one thing that stands out in Horncastle at times like this is the community spirit and it brings people together and there was a lot of good hearted community spirit which I think Horncastle is famous for.
“Bill and I were out as flood wardens almost two hours before the Environment Agencysent the flood alert as having worked for several years on it we do know when we are needed.
“There is one person I would like to single out and that is John Aron who worked his socks off for days and days. John was out there for hours and John just did it to help the community and I would like to thank him for doing that.
“We orded 20 tonnes of sand last week. We did fill an awful lot of sandbags with the help of people like John.”
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Weather for Horncastle
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 18 mph
Wind direction: West
Temperature: 9 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North east