I refer to the letter Ditching Responsibility from Alan Allison (NCE 5 July). In my area of East Preston, south of Arundel, all the houses and the road system use soakaways built with the development some 20 years ago.
During the very wet winter I did not find any areas of flooding or even ponding but admit that some grass lawns naturally remained spongy until end of May.
However, the local main roads as well as the small car park at the bottom of Sea Lane consistently have large ponded areas during wet weather, no doubt due to drainage design features and lack of maintenance.
Many householders have taken advantage of Southern Water's £18 a year discount for having all house drainage taken into soakaways.
Alan S Whitaker (F) alanswhitaker@beeb. net