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More floods for Bourne End road
RESIDENTS in Bourne End fear they could soon be swimming to their nearby shops instead of driving after an access road was hit by flooding once again, following the latest bout of rainfall.
The site affected is a major cul-de-sac area off The Parade, which provides access to car parking facilities, convenience shops and restaurants.
The area, just before Burnham Close, has been flooded for weeks.
A shop assistant who wished not to be named said: "It has been like that for years, it is always the same. Soon we will be able to swim here."
Gail Laybourne, deputy clerk for the Bourne End & Wooburn Green Parish Council, said the issue has been recently acknowledged by the authorities but it is yet to be resolved.
"At the moment the problem still needs to be looked into it further, but we are hoping for an answer soon," she said.
Mrs Laybourne explained that their Local Area Technician (LAT) officer Steve Underwood has already tried to ‘jet’ the drains to clear the blockage but had no luck.
"The tree roots seem to be interfering with the pipe work," said Mrs Laybourne.
A similar problem took place in Bourne End several years ago and Bucks County Council (BCC) had to dig up the tree roots to solve the issues.
Dan Green, spokesman for the BCC, said although the area is still flooded the gullies have been cleared by their ‘Super Sucker’ machine on October 18, but have filled again very quickly.
"This is not the first time we have attended the location in recent months.
"Plans for a permanent solution to the problem at this site are being considered, however due to it being a complex site, it may need to be done as part of a capital funded scheme that would be programmed within the budget for next year," said the spokesman.