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Purley residents demand answers from council on flood works

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PURLEY residents have written to the council demanding answers about why work to prevent more flooding has stopped.

Residents of Godstone Road, Purley, have sent a letter to the authority after work to unblock the culvert which runs through the gardens was stopped in August.

Eight months ago, flooding in the area forced many residents to leave their homes, with some still unable to return.

The letter said during the floods water was pumped into the culvert in Gable Court, Dale Road, Purley.

Godstone Road homes there were flooded after the blocked culvert was unable to cope with the amount of water.

Residents were frustrated after work to clean the blocked culvert was started and then stopped in August.

The letter said they feel neglected and are angry with the lack of communication from the council about what is being done to stop the flood waters returning.

It added a council report into the flooding, due in December, shows a lack of urgency and gives residents little confidence that the problems will be solved.

Mark Kelly, of Godstone Road, was one of the residents to sign the letter. He was forced to leave his home in February and will only be able to return in a week's time.

He has been living in rented accommodation with his wife and daughter while the flood damage to his home is repaired.

Mr Kelly said residents have not been told why work on the culvert was stopped and they want the council to tell them what is going on.

"Residents are concerned about water," he said. "The council have said it is not going to be that bad a winter this year but the press said the winter will be wetter than the last one.

"They say they have done things further up the road but if the culvert is blocked it will still over flow. Water still needs to run through the culvert."

Residents were also unhappy with the council's repair and renew grant.

The letter said of the £5000 available those who had taken the grant had been charged £500 for a visit from a surveyor in July.

But they have not had feedback on what else they can claim.

A council spokesman said: "We have received the letter from the residents and we note and appreciate their concerns. The matter is currently being looked into and we'll be in touch with the letter's signatories at the earliest opportunity."

Purley residents demand answers from council on flood works


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