Flintshire Council 'ignoring flood risk duty' says resident

Published date: 20 December 2013 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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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.”

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  1. Posted by: kiros at 12:45 on 20 December 2013 Report

    If Patrick Heesom had not dragged FCC into a long drawn out tribunal and subsequent appeal,at great cost to the tax payer-thats us- there would be more than enough money to maintain a good many things.

  2. Posted by: dukedom at 18:56 on 20 December 2013 Report

    Quite often like your style and feelings, kiros, but Close examination of tribunal papers show that the vendetta was led by CEO and 6 of his lapdogs, all without proper procedures being carried out. This confirmed by Councils own monitoring officer at inquiry under oath!! Councillors of ALL parties and many chief officers called as witnesses supported Heesom, those called by CEO/ombudsman supported FCC

  3. Posted by: kiros at 09:15 on 22 December 2013 Report

    Tribunal transcripts speak for themselves, I cannot fault any points you make. Heesom and Halford have spent 3yrs dragging this out at the expense to the taxpayer. Neither have conducted themselves professionally. Personal vendettas have become more important than their constituents. Both should have resigned.

  4. Posted by: jackndanni at 11:03 on 10 January 2014 Report

    The fact Network Rail have blocked access to Llanerch-y-Mor Dock makes one ask how on earth can the defences be maintained???

  5. Posted by: jackndanni at 14:37 on 10 January 2014 Report

    Councillor Heesom is spot on! Flintshire Council were contacted at the beginning of December and told of a serious problem regarding flood defences at Llanerch-y-Mor. NO defence work can be done because Network Rail block the means of access to it. Flintshire Council have done nothing. Does anyone realise bad that is??

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