Council in discussion with Southern Water over homes flooding

Lavant Memorial Hall during the floods in 2012'Picture by Peter Winter SUS-140613-144839001
Lavant Memorial Hall during the floods in 2012'Picture by Peter Winter SUS-140613-144839001

CHICHESTER District Council is addressing ‘infrastructure concerns’ with Southern Water.

Executive director of the environment Steve Carvell told councillors at a meeting to discuss the local plan on November 24 the council was looking for answers to flooding issues in the area.

“The local plan that you’re looking at today of course is dealing with strategic development over a longer period of time and has rightly concerned itself with strategic infrastructure though critically the capacity at treatment works,” he said.

“That’s not to be confused with difficulties in the drainage network. We know they exist. We’re regularly told they cause problems.

“As I said earlier, we are in dialogue with Southern Water.

“That dialogue has not concluded yet so we don’t have an outcome to report, but I would reassure members this is something we will be pursuing to make sure that there’s some satisfaction in terms of drainage network problems within the area.”

The council will soon find out if water regulator OFWAT will approve a bid to up the capacity at the Tangmere waste water treatment works in 2019.