People in the Northumberland town of Prudhoe say the sewage and drainage system is creaking under pressure.
Members of the Take Pride in Prudhoe group say every time it rains heavily, manhole covers lift up and water runs through the town, which is set on the side of a valley.
It's not just drainage water that is causing the problem. Residents claim sewage overflows regularly.
It's a problem that's been going on for some time. But now it's feared the situation is about to get worse.
The Government last night stated it has no plans to oppose a major development in the town, which has already been given planning permission by Northumberland County Council.
It will see 150 houses, a 5 storey block of flats, a major supermarket and retail units. All of this will see an extra 1,200 litres of water sent into the drainage system every minute
Northumbrian Water says it is confident the existing system can cope
– Northumbrian Water
Northumbrian Water is currently carrying out a detailed investigation to understand how our sewer network within the Prudhoe catchment copes in different weather conditions and is working closely with Northumberland County Council, Prudhoe Town Council and the Environment Agency to understand the causes of flooding within the Prudhoe area. We have agreed that the surface water sewer on station road can take a managed amount of surface water from the proposed development
Northumberland County Council meanwhile says that it consulted with all the relevant bodies while considering the application
– Northumberland County Council
Statutory agencies such as Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency were fully consulted as part of the planning process.
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