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Horning residents meet to tackle repeated Ferry Road flooding together

PUBLISHED: 08:45 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:45 12 December 2017

Water bubbles out from a manhole cover in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

Water bubbles out from a manhole cover in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

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Residents and business owners in Ferry Road, Horning met on Friday to discuss a way forward in dealing with recent repeated flooding of the road.

Business and residents are concerned about flooding along Ferry Road in Horning. Picture: CLAYTON WILLIAMSBusiness and residents are concerned about flooding along Ferry Road in Horning. Picture: CLAYTON WILLIAMS

Ferry Road Flood Forum chair and North Norfolk councillor Paul Rice said around 20 people had attended the meeting held at The Ferry Inn.

He said: “The general feeling amongst the group was that none of the authorities want to take responsibility in dealing with the issue.

“We accept that the flooding has been an ongoing problem but the frequency has increased from three to four times a year to three to four times a month.”

He said there was a belief amongst those in attendance that the problem lay with the foul water system.

A pump was brought in to help clear flooding in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONEA pump was brought in to help clear flooding in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

“There are broken sewers and blockages which are causing the flooding,” he said.

The road has regularly flooded in recent weeks forcing businesses to close as it became impassable to vehicles.

READ MORE: Horning business owners say flooding is bringing sewage into street

A pump hired by The Ferry Inn to clear the water has alleviated the problem, but is costing the business £500 a week.

Water bubbles out from a manhole cover in Ferry Road, Horning. picture: ANDREW STONEWater bubbles out from a manhole cover in Ferry Road, Horning. picture: ANDREW STONE

Ferry Marina is supplying diesel at a further cost and Mr Rice said it was proving an expensive exercise for both businesses.

He said Friday’s discussions had included suggestions that they set up a resident’s association or community interest company that would represent their interests in dealing with authorities.

“Nearly everyone that attended the meeting has complained to authorities individually so we’re now in the process of collating all those complaints so that we have a trail of evidence.”

Guy Wilkes, who has owned a holiday cottage in Ferry Road for the past six years, said the problem had become a lot worse.

A pump was brought in to help clear flooding in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONEA pump was brought in to help clear flooding in Ferry Road, Horning. Picture: ANDREW STONE

“We have never seen water flooding out the drains like it has for such long periods.”

St Benet ward councillor Barbara McGoun said she had brought the matter to the attention of Norfolk County Council to get an estimated cost of improving the road to a standard where Highways would take it over.

“I have suggested that we could try and get community funding for that exercise,” she said. “My other concern is the fact that until this situation is addressed properly, new housing developments or changes to existing properties in Horning will not be looked upon favourably.”

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