September 5th, 2016

Residents’ relief road flooding fears grow

Residents’ relief road flooding fears grow Residents’ relief road flooding fears grow
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Updated: 9:12 am, May 13, 2016

FLOOD fearing residents are calling for answers over a planned relief road in Stratford.

It follows their claims of being kept in the dark over proposals for a two mile stretch of road – complete with flyover across the Greenway and the Avon – running from the Shipston Road to Evesham Road near the racecourse.

Residents in and around Luddington and Shottery are concerned what effect a south-west relief road could have on the flood plains.

They argue Stratford Racecourse bore the brunt of heavy rains earlier this year and with surrounding natural flood plains protected the rest of the town from flooding.

But they fear Old Town and Holy Trinity Church could be at threat if the road is built, as well as Wetherby Way and the Shipston Road if current water drainage areas are compromised.

Stratford District Council leader Chris Saint has responded to the concerns raised by residents saying they would need to provide a full technical appraisal of their fears for professional assessment.

The response shocked resident Simon Davies who questioned why residents should provide a technical appraisal and not the district council.

He added: “The construction of the new road will stop the natural flood plain of the racecourse from protecting the town of Stratford.

“Where will this water go when the flood plain is filled with embankments and concrete?

“If residents had been bought into this process earlier we may well have been able to produce a full ‘technical assessment’ but we have been included way too late.

“Even if the SDC thinks they have consulted properly doesn’t the tide of concern now show that they haven’t?

“Once residents have been made aware of this proposal objections are flooding in.”

Stratford district councilor Peter Barnes is set to attend the Luddington Parish Council meeting at Luddington Village Hall on Tuesday (May 17) at 7.30pm to answer residents’ questions.

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