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Ditching responsibility

READER'S WRITE

I refer to Martin Luker's letter.

During the last winter our village was affected by flooding caused by the high groundwater problem. In our case this has been exacerbated by a partially complete new small housing development at the top of the catchment.

Although soakaways and other similar systems may work satisfactorily during the summer months, they do not work when there is high groundwater. Then the water comes to the surface causing flooding to properties not previously affected.

These waters, together with the surface water from the development, are directed into highway drains which in turn connect to ditches for which riparian owners are responsible. These ditches were adequate in the past but now overflow, causing further flooding downstream.

Until one authority is held responsible for flood risk (from any source) and development control, the public will not be adequately served in these areas.

Alan Allison (M), Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0QS

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