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Call for more drain ‘jetters’ to ease local flooding

Created on 28/06/2022 @ 09:56


A pair of Powys county councillors are calling on the regional authority to bid for the UK Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ funding to buy at least two more drain jetters to ease the winter flooding.

Councillors Amanda Jenner and Jonathan Wilkinson have urged the council to make use of the £2.6 billion UK Government Shared Prosperity Levelling Up funds before local communities are again devastated by the now-annual floods.

The money is being awarded to communities across the UK, allowing local communities to invest in local priorities from regenerating high streets to tackling economic decline, with the goal to help reverse geographical inequalities.

Powys will be allocated £27,443,340 and Powys County Council have recently been asking for views on how the funding should best be spent.

“Having seen increased adverse weather and flooding in recent years, it is apparent that the current conditions of our drains and gulleys are not able to cope when we have increased rainfall. This is exacerbated by the lack of routine drain clearance due to the limited resources in Powys,” said Cllr Jenner, who represents Trelystan and Trewern, which was hit hard by the flooding this year with a number of properties flooded.

“These are homes which are not adjacent to rivers or streams but flooded from road surface water which had nowhere else to go.

“Myself and the Community Council have on many occasions asked for drains to be cleared but we are told that the council does not have sufficient resources to attend to the drains regularly.

“There needs to be an annual routine drains maintenance schedule for county roads. I really hope that the Powys Council Cabinet listens to this request and uses the potential opportunity of this funding to address this problem.”

Her colleague, Cllr Wilkinson, who represents Llangyniew and Meifod, added: “I believe that many of our other road maintenance problems are made worse by increased amount of water running down the roads which should be going into the drains and gulleys. This is particularly the case on the A495 in my ward where lack of routine clearance is causing significant water damage to this very busy road.”


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