A RESIDENT has accused Flintshire Council of “disregarding its responsibilities” over emerging flood risks.
Recent tide surges breached flood defences in Mostyn, leading to the closure of the A458.
The breach near Mostyn station is not the only area concerning residents, however, and former county councillor Patrick Heesom believes points further along the sea wall are causing risks which are not being properly addressed.
He said: “The dangers are further along sea wall, putting at risk the defences by the main sewage works on the coastal area opposite the well-known clocktower building and local properties and businesses.
“While the works being undertaken by Network Rail to bolster sea defences at the station area are welcomed, the area of more concern to residents is the risk to the sewage plant and the houses along the A548.”
Mr Heesom wants the breaches occurring in those areas given the same priority. He has accused Flintshire Council of disregarding the risk.
“The council, as the protective agency, is a responsible part of the defences and appears to be disregarding this risk, raising concerns about whether they are listening to local concerns,” he said.
“Certainly Network Rail are the historic owners of the land area where the defences are located, but the county council has responsibilities which they appear to be disregarding and this cannot be accepted by residents and local businesses, who pay their taxes and rates to ensure a safe environment where they live,” Mr Heesom continued.
But Neal Cockerton, head of assets and transportation at Flintshire Council, said: “Officers from Flintshire Council worked with other agencies prior to the high tide and storm surge preparing areas with sandbags known to be of high risk in the Greenfield and Bagillt areas.
“Following the storm surge, assessment work has followed with site visits and meetings held with Network Rail and other private landowners, as much of this coastal area is not in the ownership of Flintshire Council.
“We continue to work with these organisations and will do over the coming months to support them in their repair of areas damaged, flood defences and embankments.”