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Holbeach pub owner’s anger over flood issue




DRAIN ISSUE: Flooding caused by a blocked or damaged drain outside The String of Horses pub in Boston Road South, Holbeach. Photo supplied.
DRAIN ISSUE: Flooding caused by a blocked or damaged drain outside The String of Horses pub in Boston Road South, Holbeach. Photo supplied.

A Holbeach pub owner has slammed environmental health and highways officers for their slow response to flooding in a town street.

Richard Rickerby, owner of The String of Horses in Boston Road South, claimed floodwater had damaged the inside of his pub and caused problems for pedestrians using the footpath.

FLOODING PROBLEM: An elderly pedestrain glances at floodwater outside The String of Horses pub in Boston Road South, Holbeach. Photo supplied.
FLOODING PROBLEM: An elderly pedestrain glances at floodwater outside The String of Horses pub in Boston Road South, Holbeach. Photo supplied.

The cause of the flooding is now under investigation by both South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

But Mr Rickerby claimed that the problem, first reported last October, was either caused by a collapsed drain under the road or a blocked drain due to cooking fat.

He said: “I raised the flooding issue with Anglian Water and a group of their guys came out to do a clear-up, only to find out that it wasn’t their drain but county highways’ responsibility.

“So I made a complaint to them but not had a response yet and so we don’t know whether it’s a blocked drain or a cracked one.

There are a lot of people in Holbeach who think there needs to be a camera investigation to see if there’s a cracked drain because there was some talk that some of the drainage below High Street and Boston Road South is very old
Richard Rickerby, owner of The String of Horses in Boston Road South, Holbeach

“There are a lot of people in Holbeach who think there needs to be a camera investigation to see if there’s a cracked drain because there was some talk that some of the drainage below High Street and Boston Road South is very old.

“But all I’ve been met with is arrogance from both councils when it’s quite clear what has happened and what needs to be done.”

The flooding issue was raised at a meeting of Holbeach Parish Council last Monday when county councillor Nick Worth confirmed that both council were working together with Anglian Water to “get the problem resolved once and for all”.

Speaking to the Spalding Guardian on Tuesday, Coun Worth said: “There were rumours that the drain was filling up with fat and flooding over to the point that it was getting difficult to walk past The String of Horses pub.

“I’d have imagined that the district council would have contacted county highways, they would have contacted Anglian Water and all three would be working together to fix the problem.”

An Anglian Water spokesman said: “After speaking with the local technician for the area, we believe this is an environmental health issue as a result of blockages of fat caused by a nearby business. However, the blocked drain isn’t an Anglian Water drain.”

Mr Rickerby said: “I’ve also had to do some work to repair some damp issues on the corner outside the pub which was caused by the constant amount of water being thrown up onto the brickwork.

“I’ve said for a long time that Boston Road South shouldn’t be used by HGVS because it’s a road that was originally meant for horses and carts.

“These flooding and drainage problems are inflicting costs on businesses that are paying enough in rates to deserve better and I believe that’s wrong.”

A district council spokesman said: “If the waste is not getting away from the individual business premises, we would then get involved from an environmental health and enforcement point of view.

“However, if the shared sewer is blocked or has insufficient capacity, this should be dealt with by Anglian Water as the responsible body.

“If there is flooding due to excess water, it will be the county council as either the lead highways or flood authority who would investigate such incidents.

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