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Residents fears over flooding

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

By TINA CROWSON

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QUESTIONS are being raised about flooding problems which residents claim are damaging their property.

Torbay Council is being asked what it is doing about the flooding and problems which residents claim have worsened since work was carried out at the Torre Marine site in Torre, Torquay.

Residents including Geoff Colville, Richard Selley, Veronica Pickles and Ian and Judi Pearman-Brooks have tabled questions at the full council meeting today at Oldway Mansion following flooding in the Newton Road area near the housing development on the former South Devon College site.

They are asking Mayor Gordon Oliver what Torbay Council has done to abate the flooding problems in Torre and what future actions the local authority intends to take.

Chartered building consultant Trevor Barfoot is acting for a number of residents, landlords and businesses in and around Torre and said the number of complaints is increasing daily.

He said: "They have all been affected by sporadic flooding and/or severe damp issues since 2005/6. The problems they are experiencing are in many cases getting worse and in some cases are becoming extremely severe.

"There is already structural damage to buildings and the loss of business which possibly amounts to many hundreds of thousands of pounds. This is excluding the damage which is or might be occurring to the infrastructure the council is responsible for such as roads."

He claims officials have continually denied the existence of a flooding problem in and around Torre and claims the water may be coming from redundant wells which may have been destroyed or disturbed during the construction.

He did not believe it was a question of residents having to protect their property against the problem of ground water.

He said Bay MP Adrian Sanders has called on the council to take the lead and commission an investigation.

Tim Larner, managing director of developers Barratt Exeter, said:"All surface water drainage on the development has been constructed in strict accordance with the approved plans and fully supervised. We are confident our works have not altered ground water in the area, but are always open to discuss any issue directly with adjoining owners."

A Torbay Council spokesman said no response would be made until the council meeting.

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