Calls for action to fix flooding at Kendal's Parkside Road

The Westmorland Gazette: Drivers negotiate the flooding at Parkside Road Drivers negotiate the flooding at Parkside Road

COUNCILLORS and residents are calling for action to fix the regular flooding at Parkside Road bridge in Kendal.

Residents said the large pools of water forming under the bridge had been an issue for several years.

David Eastwood has lived on Parkside Road for 30 years. He said: “It’s very risky for pedestrians because when cars go through, at the very least they’ll get a soaking.”

Following a campaign led by Coun Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council’s highways team has requested permission to put a drainage soak-away on the adjacent land, which would be able to take larger volumes of water.

But Network Rail has refused, saying it would mean more water on their embankment and could cause erosion.

Coun Feeney-Johnson has requested a suitable alternative solution to be designed and costed – involving drainage under the road and on to the land opposite, which is owned by South Lakeland District Council.

Coun Feeney-Johnson said: “I have asked the highways engineer to meet with me as soon as the alternative scheme is drawn up so I can have an action plan with a time line.”

Former Kendal Town Councillor Chris Hogg has set up a petition that he is asking residents to sign.

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A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said the issue was due to the drains getting blocked with sand, the source of which was unknown.

“The council is aware of this issue. We have cleaned out the gullies and drains in this area several times since November last year after they became blocked with sand, stopping water on the road from draining away after heavy rainfall.

“We have inspected this section of road and found a further build-up of sand on the road and in the drains, which we wouldn’t expect in normal circumstances.

“We will be investigating this further and are exploring options to improve the drainage over the next three months.”

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11:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

lakeslad says...

Oh good a solution just in time for summer. You couldn't make it up
Oh good a solution just in time for summer. You couldn't make it up lakeslad
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2:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

JoshTheDog says...

Perhaps using the knowledge gained from trying to resolve this issue the CCC highways engineers could resolve the problem of the regular flooding under the railway at the bottom of Thwaite Lane in Windermere.

Both bridges have stood, with roads running beneath them, for years and years and yet this problem remains unresolved! Surely this is a problem that we should be able to solve in this day and age!
Perhaps using the knowledge gained from trying to resolve this issue the CCC highways engineers could resolve the problem of the regular flooding under the railway at the bottom of Thwaite Lane in Windermere. Both bridges have stood, with roads running beneath them, for years and years and yet this problem remains unresolved! Surely this is a problem that we should be able to solve in this day and age! JoshTheDog
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4:56pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Spotty Fish says...

I'm not convinced that CCC even know South Lakes exists judging by the state of our roads. Surely the whole of Cumbria can't be as bad as the roads around Kendal, Windemere, Ambleside etc.?
I'm not convinced that CCC even know South Lakes exists judging by the state of our roads. Surely the whole of Cumbria can't be as bad as the roads around Kendal, Windemere, Ambleside etc.? Spotty Fish
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7:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Moonbase says...

Spotty Fish wrote:
I'm not convinced that CCC even know South Lakes exists judging by the state of our roads. Surely the whole of Cumbria can't be as bad as the roads around Kendal, Windemere, Ambleside etc.?
Good point, and your right, travel up to the west coast and hardly a pot hole.
[quote][p][bold]Spotty Fish[/bold] wrote: I'm not convinced that CCC even know South Lakes exists judging by the state of our roads. Surely the whole of Cumbria can't be as bad as the roads around Kendal, Windemere, Ambleside etc.?[/p][/quote]Good point, and your right, travel up to the west coast and hardly a pot hole. Moonbase
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12:10pm Sat 22 Feb 14

oceancloud says...

I am sure there is more to it than sand blocking the drains. There was a SLDC work party there last week clearing all the silt away and hey presto it flooded again a few days after. It is scandalous that such a busy road is subject to this constant flooding every time it rains. It is basically impossible for pedestrians unless they have wellington boots on plus the inconsiderate drivers who plough through creating a huge wave with total disregard for them
I am sure there is more to it than sand blocking the drains. There was a SLDC work party there last week clearing all the silt away and hey presto it flooded again a few days after. It is scandalous that such a busy road is subject to this constant flooding every time it rains. It is basically impossible for pedestrians unless they have wellington boots on plus the inconsiderate drivers who plough through creating a huge wave with total disregard for them oceancloud
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4:05pm Sat 22 Feb 14

drixhen says...

There is a overflow pit and a large soakaway in the field next to where it
floods if ccc or sldc tried cleaning these out now and again it may help
the problem I am not sure if it will completely cure the problem but it might
be worth a try .
There is a overflow pit and a large soakaway in the field next to where it floods if ccc or sldc tried cleaning these out now and again it may help the problem I am not sure if it will completely cure the problem but it might be worth a try . drixhen
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5:16pm Tue 25 Feb 14

fellsman says...

Spotty Fish wrote:
I'm not convinced that CCC even know South Lakes exists judging by the state of our roads. Surely the whole of Cumbria can't be as bad as the roads around Kendal, Windemere, Ambleside etc.?
Cumbria County Council is controlled by the Kendal Liberals in partnership with Labour. Bearing in mind that just about all the Liberals in the ruling coalition come from Kendal, its a fair bet that they do know that South Lakes exists. The voters in Kendal continually vote in these people purely on the back of Tim Farron - they vote for them, like their decisions or vote them off!!
[quote][p][bold]Spotty Fish[/bold] wrote: I'm not convinced that CCC even know South Lakes exists judging by the state of our roads. Surely the whole of Cumbria can't be as bad as the roads around Kendal, Windemere, Ambleside etc.?[/p][/quote]Cumbria County Council is controlled by the Kendal Liberals in partnership with Labour. Bearing in mind that just about all the Liberals in the ruling coalition come from Kendal, its a fair bet that they do know that South Lakes exists. The voters in Kendal continually vote in these people purely on the back of Tim Farron - they vote for them, like their decisions or vote them off!! fellsman
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7:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lakeuk says...

The council had already cleared the drains in the week leading up to the point that story reports from, since the flooding is still happening it proves that this isn't the cause. Next steps are long winded as possible solutions involve private landowners which are not currently agreeable to entertainers, in some cases for valid reasons ie safety of the railway. There's a Facebook group for this with all the updates, worth checking out before jumping to conclusions ;)
The council had already cleared the drains in the week leading up to the point that story reports from, since the flooding is still happening it proves that this isn't the cause. Next steps are long winded as possible solutions involve private landowners which are not currently agreeable to entertainers, in some cases for valid reasons ie safety of the railway. There's a Facebook group for this with all the updates, worth checking out before jumping to conclusions ;) Lakeuk
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

lakeslad says...

did you notice the railings alongside the railway in the castle estate were damaged by a tree and the high winds last week? the VERY next day the tree was removed and the railings fixed obviously on the grounds of safety,
now im not sure who paid for this, network rail or sldc but it just goes to show if something happened involving safety at the flooding site i bet they would jump all over it..elf and safety that's what we need to push on
did you notice the railings alongside the railway in the castle estate were damaged by a tree and the high winds last week? the VERY next day the tree was removed and the railings fixed obviously on the grounds of safety, now im not sure who paid for this, network rail or sldc but it just goes to show if something happened involving safety at the flooding site i bet they would jump all over it..elf and safety that's what we need to push on lakeslad
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