Village anger over main road blocked by floods

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By Nottingham Post | Wednesday, January 02, 2013, 07:30

BESTWOOD Village residents have slammed the response to floods that have closed one of two main roads in and out of the village for 11 days.

The B683 Moor Road was first shut on December 20 at a dip close to the junction with Mill Lane after deep water gathered during heavy rain.

It was still impassable and closed to traffic yesterday, despite the efforts of Notts County Council workmen.

Villager Jack Ashworth said he had complained to the authority, which is in charge of maintaining roads in Notts, branding its response "unacceptable".

He said: "The closure of an important access route for 11 days, even without the intervention of Christmas, causing considerable detours to be necessary and potentially putting lives at risk with a possible delay of emergency services to the village is not acceptable."

He said he had been told by the council on New Year's Eve that officials still did not know when it would reopen.

Simon West, steward of Bestwood Village Social Club, in Park Road, said: "I've lost quite a bit of money because of it. It's been terrible.

"People have been travelling between the village and town at night in taxis costing £27-£30 a journey because of the diversion."

Pumps were earlier used and workers also tried to clear drains.

The road is the main route between the village and Nottingham via Hucknall Road.

Residents heading to and from the city are having to go through Papplewick Lane and Hucknall, a 4.4-mile diversion.

Chris Barnfather, county councillor for the area, defended the council, saying it had done "everything it could".

He said: "I've been out there twice – the last time on Saturday – and I got highways [officers] out and they spent Friday and Saturday there with shovels trying to clear the gulleys."

Mr Barnfather said he had "huge sympathy" for village residents and would push for a long-term solution to the problem.

Water drains from the site into the River Leen but progress had been slow , because the river was high, he said.

He added: "The reason they have kept it closed is purely a safety issue.

"Even while we had workmen on site we still had drivers trying to drive through, which isn't helping."

Denis Beeston, chairman of Bestwood St Albans Parish Council, said: "The lads from highways have been working their guts out in terrible conditions and fighting a losing battle.

"The county council is working on it and is going to try and develop a long-term plan."

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  • Profile image for Panthers

    Could not agree more With Jack Ashworth words, Nottingham County Council have left us high and dry on this issue, second thoughts totally the opposite.

    When I phoned NCC last week and asked for the road to be pumped out, I was told that they could not do it because where ever they release the water might cause somewhere else to flood. What a joke of a comment from NCC.

    The parish council will not do a site to sort the issue, their all dead wood, go to a meeting and find out!

    It's cost me an extra £10 a week in petrol, so are we going to get a rebate on our council tax NCC?

    It's a disgrace NCC, get it sorted!!!

    By Panthers at 20:31 on 02/01/13

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  • Profile image for Panthers

    Could not agree more With Jack Ashworth words, Nottingham County Council have left us high and dry on this issue, second thoughts totally the opposite.

    When I phoned NCC last week and asked for the road to be pumped out, I was told that they could not do it because where ever they release the water might cause somewhere else to flood. What a joke of a comment from NCC.

    The parish council will not do a site to sort the issue, their all dead would, go to a meeting and find out!

    It's cost me an extra £10 a week in petrol, so are we going to get a rebate on our council tax NCC?

    It's a disgrace NCC, get it sorted!!!

    By Panthers at 20:21 on 02/01/13

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  • Profile image for apw171

    I've lived in Bestwood Village for over 20 years and there has always been a continual problem with flooding at this site where Moor Road meets Bestwood Road. There is a natural dip in the road which obviously doesn't help, water also runs down from Bestwood country park, & the Leen Valley footpath nearby which is at a considerably higher level (effectively being the old railway embankment). Coupled with new housing on the old Bayles and Wylie site many locals feel that this may have affected the drainage.
    Something needs to urgently be done to address this problem when the recent rain and flooding was at it's worst the whole village was actually completely cut off by road for a few days as Moor Road was also impassable further north near to Goosedale Farm. When I was returning from walking my dog one afternoon last week I saw an ambulance on an emergency call proceed up to the road closed barriers and then have to stop as it wasobviuosly unable to proceed any further due to flooding and then presumably have to radio control for directions and then go on the detour round through Hucknall via Papplewick Lane over 4 miles extra travel!
    The other problem is that the location is on the boundary of Nottingham City, Ashfield and Gedling councils so whose responsibility is it? Or does the county council assume responsibility for flooding?
    Every time it rains heavily this stretch of road floods and is dangerous to pass through. I would urge all local residents to write/e-mail their local councilor, the parish council and their MP, borough and county council regarding the problem.
    The really annoying thing is that a few years ago major roadworks took place to alleviate flooding further down on Moor Road which resulted in single file traffic for a long period of time. The problem could have perhaps been looked at at the same time saving time and money.

    By apw171 at 20:20 on 02/01/13

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    It was supposedly pumped dry this afternoon and there is 6-12 inches of water again and the road remains closed.

    Could just be the huge volume of rain and saturated ground but since the access road was put in a few weeks ago opposite the farm then it's not been the same and the flooding does seem worse.

    By Brucey at 17:45 on 02/01/13

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    This is a huge problem for the elderly, less mobile, businesses and people struggling with the increase in fuel costs. If not resolved soon it'll cause anger for surrounding areas too. Holy Cross, National and Holgate buses will leave children late for school or stranded at bus stops. Traffic throughout Hucknall, on Mansfield Road right back to the City Hospital and Rise Park Hill, up to Bestwood Park will be chaos. Theres always been heavy rain and subsequent flooding but nothing on this scale. It coincides with the recent building of several hundred houses putting additional pressure on drains and sewers. Gedling Borough Councils long term plan appears to be at the moment to build more houses! Come on Gedling Borough - get this sorted and communicate with your tax payers!!!

    By LisaJ2013 at 16:36 on 02/01/13

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