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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Flooding fears on new homes’ site

A PETITION with nearly 100 signatures has been submitted to try and stop the new-build on the former Kangol site.

By Lucy Grosvenor

Cleator residents are worried about the plans for 79 houses and offices on the Old Mill and surrounding area due to flooding from the River Ehen.

The 98-strong petition has been submitted to Copeland Borough Council and the Environment Agency.

Bob Riley, from Howthorne Fields, has organised the petition. He said: “I do agree that work on this eyesore is long over due but the current plans are for the land which has been deemed a high risk of flooding by the Environment Agency. If the project can promise to secure and update the flood defences I think many residents wouldn’t have a problem with the plans.”

North Associates, in charge of the development, has made it known if plans go ahead they will be working with the Environment Agency to strengthen these defences.

The river last flooded in 2009 and residents are worried that adding extra buildings and concrete will reduce the natural drainage of the area should the bad weather come.

“It shouldn’t matter if it was one house that flooded in 2009 or 100, people are still getting over the damage it caused,” Mr Riley told The Whitehaven News.

“I can’t understand why the developers would even consider building in an area that is this much of a risk.

“The next step is to invite everyone with concerns to write an individual letter to the council.

“I care about the area I live in and I don’t want to see it ruined by floods which could have been prevented.”

North Associates planning application was submitted to Copeland Council earlier this month.

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