Investigation launched into flood junctionBy Nick Edmondson
November 13, 2012
ACTION is required to stop persistent flooding at the bottom of one of Aldershot’s busiest roads, claims MP Sir Gerald Howarth.
Sir Gerald has called on Thames Water to take action to stop the area at the junction of Ash Road and Lower Farnham Road from repeatedly being submerged.
Last weekend saw patches of the road become significantly waterlogged, leading to complaints from businesses and nearby residents.
Sir Gerald said: “This is one of those problems that has simply gone on too long.
“When we have heavy rain in Aldershot it seems to all drain to this point, which is a busy area of road.
“Something needs to be done regarding the waste water flooding as it is dangerous and could have a real impact on traders in the area.”
Sir Gerald said his constit-uents had also voiced their frustration that their waste water bills will be increased in order to pay for the Thames Tideway Tunnel scheme, a new sewer which aims to improve the capacity of the sewerage system in London.
He said: “There is an understandable frustration that my constituents feel they are being made to pay for something that will not affect them in the slightest, while they are seeing a recurring problem such as this one not getting sorted.”
A spokesman for Thames Water said they had received the correspondence and added they would be looking in to the issue.
The spokesman added: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused by this.
“We have received Sir Gerald Howarth’s letter and will be carrying out an investigation of the waste water network in the Ash Road and Lower Farnham areas.”
Responding to Sir Gerald’s Thames Tideway complaint, the spokesman said: “In the same way that customers outside the capital, such as your constituents, pay for improvements in London, those living in London also pay for investment outside the city.
“We deliver projects benefiting towns, villages and hamlets throughout the Thames Valley, often at a cost of several millions of pounds for infrastructure serving tens of thousands of people.
“Customers outside London are benefiting, and will continue to benefit from the fact that the costs of serving the Thames Water region are spread over a very large number of customers, including all those in the capital.
“Bills are significantly higher in the more rural areas served by neighbouring water and sewerage companies where customers do not see the benefit of costs being spread across a larger population.”