Concern over flooding risk at K2 development site

Concerns have been raised that a large housing development in Keynsham could be at risk of flooding after recent heavy rain saw nearby roads disappear under several feet of flowing water.

Park Road, Park House Lane and St Clements Road, which lead to the planned ‘K2’ housing development in south Keynsham, all experienced severe flooding following the downpours of the past week.

Local councillor Alan Hale (Cons, Keynsham South) has been in contact with Bath and North East Somerset Council to raise concerns about the effectiveness of flood mitigation measures planned at the new housing estate.  He has also called on the Liberal Democrat-run authority to do more to prevent severe flooding on local roads and reverse cuts which have been made to the Council’s drain and gully clearing budget.

Councillor Hale said:

“The scenes of flooding in the area last week have to raise serious concerns about the risks posed to the K2 housing development.  Taylor Wimpey have said they hope their drainage system will mean the site will be no worse and possibly a little better than currently, but they do not suggest that they are going to cure the flooding problem.  As I understand it though, they are not seeking to deal with the run-off from ground outside their land and so occupants of the new estate could still have to negotiate a river across the entrance roads to the development.

“I have urged the Council to quickly review whether action can be taken to prevent this level of flooding on these roads in the future, and they have agreed to do this.  The Council has said that the cutbacks which have been made to its drain and gully clearing budget would be unlikely to have had an impact during such exceptional weather, but nevertheless it does seem an area where the Council should be looking again at whether it is appropriate to make cuts.”