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THE area’s flooding problems were discussed by Southwell Town Council planning committee on Wednesday.

Members said drainage problems in the town were to blame for last week’s flooded roads in the town.

Mr Graham Ball said the Co- op store and the health centre on The Ropewalk had balancing tanks that pumped the water into the drains.

But he said the drains on The Ropewalk could not cope with the extra water and had cracked.

Mr Brendan Haigh said many of Southwell’s drains had not been cleaned for a long time and they needed to alert the Highways Agency to that.

He said particular areas of concern were Halam Road, Church Street, Easthorpe and the entrance to the Minster School on Nottingham Road.

Mr Haigh said residents should record as much evidence of the flooding as they could because they may have a claim if any negligence was proved.

Mr Andy Gregory said Nottinghamshire County Council had neglected the emptying of the drains.

There were also concerns over the lack of maintenance to the Potwell Dyke and the affect that new housing developments such as the Merryweather site had on the flooding.

The flooding will be discussed again at a full council meeting on July 18.

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