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ACTION NEEDED: Council discuss petition calling for a solution to flooding

 Published on: 22nd January 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A petition about sewage flooding in Rickmansworth, which gathered 719 signatures, was discussed in a Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) meeting last week on January 13. 

Resident Liam Fitzpatrick started the petition in October last year, after continuous flooding and sewage issues in the Harefield Road area. Mr Fitzpatrick addressed councillors at the virtual Leisure, Environment and Community Committee meeting last week. 

He said: “On behalf of residents of this corner of Rickmansworth, we feel that Three Rivers can play a positive role … Three Rivers has some environmental protection power and we would like Thames Water to be held to account for some of these sewage sludge issues that they have in the past left for days and weeks on our pavements.

“The thing that we need to happen is to get the main parties around the table talking. We would like the Council to consider using its powers to keep Thames Water honest”

Andy Hardstaff from the lead flood authority at Herts County Council (HCC) was present and led an update on the steps being taken to investigate the flooding further under the floor water management act. 

He noted that HCC has written to 104 residents in Harefield Road, Heron Close, Malm Close, Sherfield Avenue, Moss Close and Stockers Farm Road to find out more.

Councillor Phil Williams from TRDC said: “I can assure you that every member of this committee is concerned about what’s happening down there, we are all aware of it and we all want something done about it. We are trying here, as our colleagues at Herts County Council, and we will be doing our best for you and the residents along Harefield Road.”

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