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Dog walkers 'let down' by council after flooding hits business

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

MUDDY: Business Partners Emma Wilreid, left, and Lynsey Wilreid in their flooded dog walking field Andy Uglow TQAU02112012_A_001

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A NEWTON ABBOT business feels 'let down' by Devon County Council after seeing repeated flooding hit their business.

Sensible Dogs, which operates a canine daycare service and walking service, says the field it uses for business in Liverton has flooded on a number of occasions.

The owners contacted the county council last year about the issue, as they said on many occasions they had got stuck in the field.

"We were told they would put drainage in at a nearby bridge to stop the flooding. We waited, but nothing happened," said Emma Wilreid, administrator for Sensible Dogs.

"We contacted them again and they said that due to the economic climate, they weren't going to be putting the drainage in.

"We feel angered and let down that they aren't supporting a local business.

"We've done all we can to stop the flooding by putting hardcore down, but it gets washed away. We've had enough."

Sensible Dogs was set up nine years ago.

"We are tax payers and do our bit.

"We feel this issue needs resolving as it's costing us business," said Mrs Wilreid.

In response, a county council spokesman said: "The road's surface water drainage has not changed, and this issue is not connected to any resurfacing of the highway. The gateway has always acted as a point at which the surface water runs off the highway, and the owner of the field is obliged to accept this water under common law.

"Given the continuing pressure on budgets the council must prioritise its spending.

"This is a very low maintenance category road and the drainage is not causing any safety issues for the highway, so it is unlikely that any proposals to install a drainage feature would secure funding."

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  • DevonJanner  |  November 12 2012, 12:25PM

    bit of a hypocrite bleach ,makes you look the w****er!!!!

  • omnivore23  |  November 12 2012, 11:37AM

    Is that the same bloke that sold his soul to Santa Nick?

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  • nick113  |  November 12 2012, 11:13AM

    So this is the WMN top news story in Devon. I have heard of slow news days, but this takes the (dog) biscuit. Time for a joke: Did you hear about the agnostic, dislexic, insomniac? He lay awake wondering if there was a dog.

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  • vulcan  |  November 12 2012, 11:01AM

    @bleach Sound advice but that would prevent some people from saying anything at all on this site

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  • 2ladybugs  |  November 12 2012, 10:54AM

    Um. What hardcore was put down and to what depth? I don't expect the council to stop the water from coming onto my property but I have made sure there are soakaways and hardcore topped with gravel for driveways and parking areas. The taxpayers have got enough to pay out for let alone worrying about whether a field is getting a bit wet. ps the hardcore needs to be at least six to twelve inches deep to get any real drainage, it is no good throwing a few shovelfulls on top of the surface!!

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  • sparro  |  November 12 2012, 10:45AM

    I have a very long back garden, that get water logged & I wonder if the council will put a drainage system in, to help me out? I do not think so. Find somewhere else that`s free to use.

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  • Bleach  |  November 12 2012, 7:43AM

    Never say anything online that you wouldn't say directly to the person's face. It's rude and it makes you look like a dick.

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  • DevonJanner  |  November 12 2012, 7:19AM

    must be other places to walk the pooches,i know of lots of places around liverton,stop whining woman!!!!!!

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